Every year there seems to be a general sense of animosity or disagreement around the proper timing of Christmas decor sold in stores, radio Christmas music, or that Thanksgiving is skipped or ignored. I believe the outrage stems from individuals that desire the holiday season to be about more than the commercial institution it has become today. I get it. But I’m surprised how anxious people get when they see garland peaking from the Target end caps. I’m wondering if there are bigger things to be annoyed at like human trafficking or why Nicholas Cage is allowed to keep making films.
Anyways, this post was intended to be all about how there is no Thanksgiving in Amsterdam and how I realized how much Thanksgiving and Christmas are intertwined in my mind. In the best possible way. Thanksgiving ushers in Christmas and acts as a proper ‘go’ signal. Instead The Netherlands celebrates Sinterklaas (before Christmas but I’m foggy on details at this point). So I’m not sure what to expect. Christmas lights are already going up and shops are selling decor. I’m enjoying the festive cheer.
Now I’m realizing my earlier rant may have been hypocritical as I was ranting about ranting.
Also there seems to be a very racially insensitive slant with Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas looks like the American Santa Klaus, white and jolly. But Sinterklaas’ “helpers” are white men that paint their faces black…maybe it’s soot? Your guesses? Although now I wonder why Santa Klaus has elves…maybe it could be viewed as insensitive.