I was watching TV a couple of nights ago as I busily crocheted a blanket for my husband. Lady Gaga appeared on a commercial, advertising her upcoming Thanksgiving special. She was wearing one of her outrageous outfits and as she looked down her nose, she said something like, “It’s going to be a Gaga Thanksgiving.” I put down my blanket and looked at Chris in bewilderment.
“I gotta’ ask…what does Gaga have to do with Thanksgiving? Chris didn’t have an answer for that one.
I’m not a Gaga fan so I missed most of the commercial, other than hearing the use of her name as an adjective, describing the kind of Thanksgiving she was preparing to provide for us. What exactly can we expect from a “Gaga Thanksgiving“? I have to tell you, it bothered me that our culture actually endorses a celebration of gratitude with Lady Gaga at the helm.
Do you want a Gaga Thanksgiving? I don’t.
I already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in October and to be honest, it’s always been my favourite holiday. I love the Fall season, I love the fact that no presents are involved and I love that the day hasn’t be saturated with commercialism. I can handle the appearance of odd-looking gourds in the market and Horns of Plenty popping up here and there. And who doesn’t look forward to savouring a roasted turkey and stuffing sandwich, hours after the turkey has been carved and everyone has gone home? It’s always memorable when the family is sitting around the dinner table and each person takes the time to express what he/she is most thankful for. Of course, there’s the delicious pumpkin pie and freshly whipped cream to top everything off. I mean, THIS is Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday that is steeped in tradition and for many, it’s a day that causes us to look to the One who provides all.
I don’t know about you but I didn’t think of Lady Gaga all day…and I won’t be watching her this weekend either. I will be reminded once again, that gratitude is an attitude. It takes discipline – not Gaga – to experience all of life’s ups and downs with a thankful heart.
HAPPY AMERICAN THANKSGIVING TO ALL!