THANKSGIVING COMES FIRST
Back in the day, when I was a child, Christmas decorations weren’t put out until the day after Christmas.
And, starting the day after Christmas, ads were sent around in the newspaper for the new toys (We didn’t have cable television, the internet, nor commercials every 2.5 minutes, when I was a child. There were some commercials, of course).
That meant that on Thanksgiving Day, loaded up with food, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television, this kid got whipped into a frenzy about the Christmas holiday.
When I was a child, this also meant that Sunday School class was about the birth of Jesus.
And of course, Christmas vacation was always something to look forward to, a nice long break during the cold winters of upstate New York.
It was also a time to make Christmas cookies with my family, and wait for movies like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Miracle on 34th Street” to be shown on television.
Local department stores were decorated to the hilt, BUT AFTER THANKSGIVING.
These days, Christmas cards are on the shelves before Halloween, for goodness sakes.
Retailers want every day to be Christmas.
I say NO CHRISTMAS CARDS ON THE SHELVES BEFORE THANKSGIVING!
NO CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING!
THANKSGIVING COMES FIRST, AND THEN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON CAN START.
Okay, I will stop shouting now.
I’m taking this next part from Joanna Jenkins blog The Fifty Factor:
Should you be as incensed as I am concerning Christmas schlock, [hitting stores way too early] please post a “Thanksgiving Comes First” entry on your blog. Write from the heart. Everybody who visits your blog will find out how you feel. My guess is they’ll agree with you. Perhaps they’ll also write about it, and so will their friends, and so forth. I hope that, if enough of us do this, we might make some small impact.
Please title your post “Thanksgiving Comes First“. If we all do that – use the same posting title – it will make a bigger impact.
If you wish to use the snazzy graphic at the top of this page, or any of the other original graphics here, either on your blog entry or as a semi-permanent graphic on your sidebar, please feel welcome to do so. I’d appreciate it. Having a visual symbol that folks see repeatedly would be a big help.