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I’m not really sure when the commercialization of Christmas began to impact modern America in dramatic fashion. Maybe it was in the 1960’s. If not that early, it was certainly underway by the 1970’s.

Thanksgiving Day is almost here – a time to stop and reflect on the past year, and years - a time once again to recount our blessings. This year it seems like the holidays have come faster than usual. (Personally, I wish things would slow down a bit.)

When I was growing up I often heard people use the phrase “we kept a fire.” I assumed that meant they maintained a fire burning somewhere in their house.