I am trying to adjust to the fact that Thanksgiving is only a week from today. By law, the holiday is always observed on the fourth Thursday of the month and this year November has five Thursdays. In my mind that makes Thanksgiving a week early.
I realize that it’s not. It’s been the fourth Thursday in November since 1941. The last time November had five Thursdays was 2007. I can’t recall if the holiday felt early that year, maybe that’s because I was too preoccupied with the poinsettia tree saga. Five years ago the poinsettia tree was removed from The Mall for the first time since 1972. It came back the following year and has returned every year since.
It’s now upon us. By Tuesday next week the wheels of commerce will have ground to a halt for just about everyone who isn't involved in the retail trades and, of course, those whose work knows no holiday.
The upside of the early holiday is that it provides a little breathing room between Thanksgiving and Christmas.