Do you see this sign? Respect the bird! What is this month? It's November. A month with 2 special Holidays....Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. Both separate but both meaningful and honorable days
for the month of November.
Growing up I never had to think about Christmas on Thanksgiving day, other then when my Grandpa gave my sister and I money. It was his way of doing things.
The 1st 14 years of my life, we were overseas...never had the experience to shopping on Thanksgiving because it's a holiday to be honored...just like Christmas. But the 2 should be separate, not
over running together.
When we came back stateside, a movie theater was open on Thanksgiving and that was a treat, to see the latest Holiday movie playing. And that was the only thing open besides a few gas stations.
We put up our Christmas tree up the day after, never on Thanksgiving and took it down on New Year's Day. We always had Turkey on that day and Chicken on Christmas, unless I was visiting with my
dad's parents, we had turkey, chicken and ham...a little of everything. But when it was my parents and my sister...it was Turkey.
Since growing up and joining the work force. Yes, I'll admit, I'll buy things early for my kids and store them away for the Christmas to help with the pocket book, so that it doesn't hit the finances.
But things always change. However, not always in a position to do that, but I stopped Christmas shopping around Thanksgiving years ago. I don't rush into and try and get Thanksgiving over with, just to get to Christmas started like a lot of consumers want
But what errks me the most. Is we barely get the kids into school at the beginning of the term. Barely get the schools supplies in July/Aug/Sept. And halloween is here and stores are selling items
for Halloween for nearly 2 months. We see a few little fall type items, that can be taken as Thanksgiving, but seriously? Not really. 6 feet of shelves at the local Wally World. But as soon as the day of Halloween hits, the stores are pulling the stuff off
in baskets. Condensing, and setting them for half off and Throwing up Christmas gift sets and decorations.
I mean Come on!!! Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas are all around the same time of the 3 months...Where's all the special things we could be doing for Thanksgiving and companies are pushing and
running over Thanksgiving to get their sales for Christmas. Trust me I'd like sales as much as the next person. But I like to stop and smell the pine and fall colored leaves. (Can't say Roses at this time of the year here where I'm at.)
Years ago, when I didn't have kids, I was one of those waiting at 4 am for the store to open at 6 on Black Friday. But now...I'm reading in the news stores are opening at midnight not even letting
dinner finish to go out and wait in lines in the wee hours on the holiday to catch a buy. It's really ridiculous.
I stopped doing Black Friday shopping when I worked at Wal~mart 11 years ago. I don't care for the crowds, the rude people and the fighting that I have witnessed. I nearly cut my eye with a box
cutter, when 2 ladies behind me, started a pushing and shoving match when I had to uncut the shrink wrap from the pallet I was guarding for the Toy dept. I cut my brow with it, but nearly came close to lossing my eye. I vowed, I'd never go to another day after
Now that I'm married, with 4 kids. Budgets can be tight. And with today's economy, my kids have learned they may want everything they see on TV, but we don't talk about it until after Thanksgiving.
And when deciding what we do for our family, we really only get the kids 4 gifts a piece, a santa gift and little knick knacks in their stocking with candy, fruits and nuts. And if i'm lucky...great buys at Discount Stores. But not until after Thanksgiving
is all over with and that normally hits the 1st of Dec.
Thanksgiving is for, watching the Macy's Day Parade, Football games on the telly, cooking, eating, laughing...and enjoying ourselves. Not for looking at the clock, reading the sales papers and throwing
the dishes in the sink and running out the door to be the 1st in line for that baragin. Frankly I could care less. It's not time for me to celebrate Christmas.
Respect the Bird Page
I bought my Pledge Buttons from the site under merchanise.
And also you can make the Pledge to respect the bird there too.
I also did one thing. That is linked to Christmas..and before anyone calls a hypocrit...let me back log myself. In my house. I always do something as a Thank You for anyone that sits at my table
for Thanksgiving. A gesture of giving thanks for being there. It started with my Grandpa and when he died...I sort of pick up my way of doing things. SO, I was doing my current weekly blog for allrecipes Hidden Treasures blog and an activity recipe was Scented
Ornaments. What better way to Thank my extended family coming in for Thanksgiving, with homemade ornaments from myself and the kids. As way to say thanks. When I saw a bag of used ornaments at the local Goodwill, there was a Tom the Turkey one in it and it
was a must have. And So I made up a few for Thanksgiving. And a few Christmas ones for the family. So I think I still fell in the lines of...Thanksgiving...so I can't be penalized because I wasn't shopping for Christmas.
However it maybe that you spend your holiday this year. Please think, it should be spent for the right holiday and not the one that hasn't gotten here yet.
Gobble Gobble For Turkey Day.