I try not to get annoyed at too many things in life. Annoyances, left unchecked, tend to make people miserable. But there are a handful of things that still really get to me. One of those things is the displaying of Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. We play up Halloween as if it’s a real holiday and then start throwing up the lights and plastic reindeer before the sugar rush has even begun to wear off. I understand why stores skip Thanksgiving. They haven’t figured out how to make money from it (yet). But let me here plead with my neighbors and anyone reading this to forgo tossing up the tinsel until after Thanksgiving. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. But Thanksgiving is a close second. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends and show our gratitude to God for providing us with so much in our lives. But too often it gets ignored until that fateful Thursday when we stuff ourselves with food, watch a football game and then go to sleep early. It’s no wonder that we give the day such short shrift though. There’s no build-up, no anticipation and no backing by all those people playing holiday leap frog by putting up Santa knickknacks the day after we celebrate evil, death and mayhem. To these people I say: take a cold shower and rid yourself of the urge to dilute one of America’s finest days for celebrating all we have.