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Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas is Coming--But Not yet!


I enjoy Christmas as much as the next person.  I love everything to do with Christmas:  the music, the decorations, the lights, the manger scenes, and the Christmas trees.   What I don't love is being bombarded by those things the day after Halloween!                                                                          

There's a wonderful holiday here in the United States that comes first:  It's called Thanksgiving.  It's a time to spend with family, to enjoy turkey, stuffing, and all manner of good eats, and most of all, it's a time to be thankful for all of our blessings.  We all have things to be for which we should be grateful; whether it's the love of family, a comfortable home or just a warm place to sleep, or enough food to keep our bodies nourished.  Maybe we are just fortunate enough to have a job is this lagging economy or to qualify for unemployment if they are without one!                                                                                   

Everyone can find something for which they can be thankful.  Sadly, many will not take time to dwell on those thoughts because Christmas is being jammed down their throats the first week of November--even sooner, in some places!      

If you feel the way I do, make your feelings known.  When you walk in to a store that is marketing Christmas in early November, tell the manager how you feel.  Tell him or her that Thanksgiving comes first!  Better still, let them know you will not be shopping at their establishment as a gesture of your disapproval.  Maybe, just maybe, if enough of us make our opinions known, let our voices be heard, retailers will take notice.  Below is a sign that is posted in Nordstroms:


This gives me hope that maybe others might agree...let's celebrate one holiday at a time! It's possible to make an impact, but we have to act.  As long as we continue to tolerate the commercialization of Christmas it will continue.  Like I said, I love Christmas and all the things that accompany it; I just don't want to be sick of them because I've had them thrust down my throat WAY too early.   Most years, I'm tired of hearing about a White Christmas long about the second week of December!

How about you?  What are your thoughts?

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19 comments:

Cheeseboy said...

One holiday at a time?!! Who would have thought of such an idea? I'm already seeing Christmas commercials, ugh! I'm with you on this one.

loveable_homebody said...

I guess stores want to milk Christmas for as long as possible! It is ridiculous, I completely agree. I love Christmas too, but it's not as special when everything starts so early.

Brian Miller said...

it is the biggest retail time of the year...and every year it gets earlier...let your roar be heard eva!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I guess I'm lucky. As a Canadian, our Thanksgiving was last month; the stores can begin to deck their halls right after Nov 11th, Remembrance Day.

Personally, I like to see Christmas on Nov 12th. I think that we need time to shop and cook and ponder the season. For me, half the fun is the time leading up to the big day. So, even though US Thanksgiving is coming up, perhaps a little red and green garland around the turkey's neck??

Joanie M said...

One holiday at a time! What a concept!!!

I was in CVS the other day and they had the left side of the aisle with Halloween stuff on sale and the right side of the aisle filled with Christmas stuff.

Sheesh!

I think I love Nordstroms!

Heather said...

I love Thanksgiving! Thank you for your comment on my blog-I LOVE raspberry hot chocolate as well...haven't had any in ages, but my mom used to buy it for me. :)

Michelle Saunderson said...

I think this would be beneficial for the stores too. I mean really, who is buying Christmas decorations in November anyway? The Christmas stuff is just taking up valuable shelf space until December anyway.

Steven Anthony said...

I agree, it seeems we ruch through thanksgiving ... and it is such a special time...we need to slow down and enjoy.

David Waters said...

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday, why would anyone want to skip it?

Jen said...

I am with you...one holiday at a time!!!

The problem now is retailers compete with each other....it is ridiculous!!!
It is a holiday {Christmas} that is sssooo comercialized children have forgotten the true meaning, so have some adults.....sad!!

Suldog said...

Eva:

Thanks for this, I hope some of the folks who have agreed with you will write posts of their own concerning Thanksgiving Coming First.

I just now came upon this, so that's why it wasn't included in my round-up of TCF posts today. You'll be in the next bunch - promise!

Claudia said...

it's the same over here in germany..they start to sell christmas things after the summer holidays end...and i think that's sad
one holiday at a time - so true

Kristina P. said...

Sadly, people will buy Christmas things in October, so the stores basically keep up with the demand. I've decided to give up being angry about it.

glnroz said...

commerce has turn all holidays into something they are not. Wears me out. Just about every place i go shopping or out to eat recognizes me because of my "views". I think I will through this one into the pot too. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

bettyl said...

That's an awesome sign and I hope folks let them know that they approve!

injaynesworld said...

Good for Nordy's! Don't these stupid stores know how it just pisses people off? And last night I saw my first Christmas TV commercial. Already, I'm longing for those wretched political ads again.

Eva Gallant said...

Heather: thanks for the return visit!

Michellle: Somebody must be buying, else they wouldn't put the stuff out. It's just annoying.

Jen: Thanks for the support, Sis!

Glen: Right back at you, pal.

bettyl: me, too!

gayle said...

I agree! I went in Halmark last night and all they had out was Christmas stuff! I wish Thanksgiving and Christmas were not so close together.

Pat said...

A bold step for Nordstrom's! I agree that the stores push the holidays too fast. Just like when they remove the Christmas decorations, they start putting up Valentine's Day stuff!