It’s no secret to those who know me that I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. I dislike that it’s become a three month long commercial holiday without the meaning it once had (this whole losing touch with holidays seems to be a trend lately). To me, Christmas is about spending time with my family, baking together, cooking together, playing games, and enjoying the winter holidays together. My families Christmas traditions are what’s important, not making sure I have the perfect tree, that my decorations are out first and are nicer than my neighbors.
It bothers me that Christmas starts taking over the stores before Halloween has even had a chance to have its moment in the spotlight. Obviously (as seen by the three lengthy Halloween posts), Halloween is my favorite holiday so I get frustrated when Christmas takes over too soon. But even more frustrating is that the moment Halloween is over, Christmas is out in full frenzy. We forget that there’s another important date between Halloween and Christmas that we need to take more time to recognize.
November 11 is more than just a paid day off and a chance to sleep in. It’s a day to commemorate the Canadians who died in the line of duty since the First World War. As a society so disconnected with reality and more connected to technology and commercialism, it makes me sad that we don’t have more respect for an important day. We need to push pause on the holiday commotion, and understand, appreciate, and be thankful for the men and women who have served for our country in times of war, conflict and peace. Perhaps no one in your family has been involved in any of the wars, but there are nearly 70,000 active personnel and nearly 1,000 people deployed in the Canadian Forces. Every single one of these people are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and friends to others.
A 26 year old soldier from Lacombe was recently killed in a suicide bomb attack while serving in Afghanistan. This man was a husband, a father of two, and a friend to many in the community. It’s easy to tune out the news and forget what is happening across the world, but losing someone from a neighboring town brings me back to reality.
Christmas can wait 11 days until Remembrance Day is over. Instead let’s take the time to remember Canada’s soldiers and be thankful for the people that serve for our country.