Thanksgiving Day 2010

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm

What has happened to Thanksgiving Day I ask myself.

I got up this morning and out of sheer habit turned on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a kid I used to enjoy watching this. There was just something so unpretentious about the parade, the home-made floats, the marching bands from Everytown USA, the casts from obscure Broadway musicals unknown outside of Times Square- all this against the backdrop of glamorous Fifth Avenue. Television back then was just a spectator, as were we all.

When I turned on the parade this morning, however, I heard Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera detail the list of performers that would be featured in this years parade, including, Kanye West, Gladys Knight and some other mega entertainers that I am fortunate not to be acquainted with. The parade has quite simply become a made-for TV entertainment extravaganza. No one cares anymore about the marching band from Des Moines, Iowa or the cast from a sparsely attended Broadway play, the spirit of the parade for as long as I can remember.

The parade also used to serve as warm-up act for the traditional football games played on Thanksgiving Day, featuring the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. It is nice that these teams still play on Thanksgiving Day, although there is talk of dropping the Lions from the Turkey Day lineup because they are so awful. I hope the NFL does not do this. As bad as they are the Detroit Lions are synonymous with Thanksgiving Day.

For the last few years, the NFL has added a third game to its line up. This is a dangerous trend, but I must admit it is usually the most intriguing match-up of the day. However, only those who subscribe to the NFL network get to see it. On a National Holiday where we give thanks the NFL has decided to charge its fans to watch a game.

Nothing is sacred anymore. Not even Thanksgiving Day.


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