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RESPECT THE BIRD !!! 
 
Nov. 15, 2010 11:34 am 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2011 8:43 am

Maybe it’s because I am getting older. Maybe it’s because the world seems to be spinning faster. Maybe it’s because the ad executives on Madison Avenue need to get a jump on one another. All I know is that the calendar seems to be going by at a frightening pace and holidays are getting blended into each other like ingredients in a smoothie. New Year’s Eve becomes Valentine’s Day which becomes St. Patrick’s Day which becomes Easter which becomes Mother’s Day which becomes Memorial Day and so on. You get the picture. Nowhere is this fast forward of the holiday calendar more evident than it is right now. We just finished Halloween and already people are starting to hum Christmas Carols. I’m no Ebeneezer Scrooge by a long shot but whatever happened to Thanksgiving ? Well I have one thing to say to all those merchants and clueless ad executives already dreaming of holiday $hopping & commercial$….

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Christmas themed candy was on the shelves before the Halloween candy had even been discounted.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Starbucks has been using themed cups for several weeks now.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Christmas displays are showing up in store windows.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Christmas music has started to play in malls around the country.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Santa Claus has started showing up in those very same malls.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Christmas ads are all over the TV & magazines.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Bah Humbug.

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

My local mexican restaurant already has 2 white Christmas trees outside their front door.

 

RESPECTO EL BIRDO !!!  (sorry, my spanish is rusty)

 

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It’s a truly American holiday. It combines food, football & drunken relatives we actually look forward to seeing once a year no matter how much they may make us cringe just for the stories we can tell about them behind their backs once they have passed out from too much wine & turkey. Thanksgiving is not and should not be treated as an afterthought and I am thankful that at least here in our little corner of the internet at allrecipes.com, it is alive & well and celebrated the way it should be.

 

So to all those folks out there who went from directly from “Trick or Treat” to “Ho Ho Ho !” without stopping so much as to smell the pumpkin pie, I say...

 

RESPECT THE BIRD !!!

 

Respect The Bird !!!
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Comments
Nov. 15, 2010 11:42 am
I completely agree, Doug! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I go all out. Maybe I'll get t-shirts printed up saying "Respect the Bird"!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 11:47 am
Hi Mary C. - if you do get those t-shirts made, I want a whole bunch of them
 
Nov. 15, 2010 11:49 am
I enjoy Thanksgiving, and my family celebrates the holiday. I don't see anything wrong with stores putting up Christmas decorations, etc. this early though. I do understand about pushing another holiday before the current one is in the past, but I think there is an exception for Christmas. It's a wonderful time of year, and we do a lot of decorating, so we start putting everything up early so we could enjoy it. I refuse to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. Oh, and I hum Christmas carols while basting the turkey...LOL :)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 11:59 am
Oh Cat Lady Cyndi ! How could you ? Your turkey can hear those christmas carols as you baste it.
 
sueb 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:06 pm
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is no pressure to buy anything, except maybe particular foods. But, you'd have to have food any time of the year! I love roast turkey, and this year, I'm not cooking one!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:06 pm
I repeatedly sing Adam Sandler's The Thanksgiving Song! "Gobble gobble goo and Gobble gobble giggle, I wish turkey Only cost a nickel!"
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:07 pm
Oh, I couldn't agree more. No Christmas in my house till after Thanksgiving. The day after, anyway, then hubby works off the big dinner putting up the outdoor lights, lol!! Thanks for a fun blog!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:17 pm
You nailed it Doug. I so enjoy Thanksgiving because life is still simple for a couple of days. Then it goes downhill into $$$ land. AND my house turns into Kris Kringle and Anna Lee land the day after. I so look forward to January when I double the size of my home by taking the decorations down. Happy Thanksgiving Doug to you and your family. Enjoy!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:26 pm
Hey sueb - thanks for stopping by - not only am I cooking a 22lb bird this year but I am also doing a 15lb breast - that's a lot of bird to respect
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:26 pm
Sing it Mary C. !!!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:28 pm
Hi Jammin' Bread - I normally make the kids wait until 12/1 to decorate the house but I think I may let them go a few days early this year - that and I need to take the old lights down before I can put the new ones up and that might take a few extra days - the trees grew
 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:29 pm
and a Happy Thanksgiving to you too Dog Fish Head aka Fabius - I thought I detected a saxophone playing santa in my house yesterday but I was told I was wrong.....
 
jennkl 
Nov. 15, 2010 12:55 pm
Haha! Thanks for the chuckle! I'm no scrooge either but when people in the neighborhood have already hung and had their christmas lights on three weeks before Thanksgiving it's a little crazy!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:05 pm
There is a time & place for everything jennkl and I feel that christmas belongs AFTER thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by.
 
emfilter 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:24 pm
...drunken relatives...make us cringe - talking about anyone in particular?
 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:29 pm
Hi Liz - just one big generalization B-)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 2:21 pm
LOL....you are so right. I was in the store yesterday and froze when I heard Christmas music. Sheesh. On a side note, my husbands work thanksgiving will be having Turduken! :)
 
leahbear64 
Nov. 15, 2010 2:34 pm
Why would anyone want to skip from Halloween to Christmas!?! Thanksgiving is the best-great food great people (u only HAVE 2 invite those u like lol) & no gift giving frenzy. I totally "respect the bird"
 
Nov. 15, 2010 2:38 pm
Exactly Doug! Around here, there was Christmas merchandise on display right next to the Halloween decorations and poor Thanksgiving was just lost in the shuffle. RESPECT THE BIRD! It also gets me how people rush to get the Christmas decorations down before New Year's Day because "Christmas is over" but Christmas only began on December 25 and isn't over until Janurary 5 is it? Great blog!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 3:58 pm
Amen brother! (but, now I have to confess; my Christmas decorations are already up) Youngest son told me the same thing. What, NO Respect for Thanksgiving??? I hung my head in shame and uttered "Well, I am thankful all year, really....I am." Deck the turkey with balls of dressing....fa la la la la, etc.
 
Nov. 15, 2010 4:59 pm
Thanks Jenwee99 - I have always wanted to try a turducken - I think there may be in blog in there in the future
 
Nov. 15, 2010 5:00 pm
We need more Bird Respecters like you leahbear64 - thanks for stopping in
 
Nov. 15, 2010 5:03 pm
Thanks Mimosa - we make extra turkey for extra leftovers in order to stretch out thanksgiving - we leave our christmas lights on until the end of January too
 
Nov. 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Hi Candice - I will admit that is a catchy tune....hmmmmm....maybe the "12 Hours of Thanksgiving"....In the first hour of thanksgiving my hubby gave to me, a 24lb turkey....
 
MellieD 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:15 pm
While driving home today I turned on the radio and one of our local stations has already started playing continuous Christmas music! They do this every year but they don't usually start till the day after Thanksgiving. I'm going to be a Bah Humbug girl before December even starts.
 
Nov. 15, 2010 9:49 pm
I'm totally on board with you Doug. This weekend I went to my sons home and he was playing Christmas music!!!!! This of course gave my daughter that lives with me license to play it too! HA.....NOT WHILE I'M IN THE HOUSE!! Then, my neighbor decked his house out in lights! Give me a break! For me, Thanksgiving is truly my most favorite of all the holidays and the official kick off starts on Friday. Lights are hung the first weekend of Dec. and a tree cut sometime around the 7th. I'm not a scrooge either, but I can only enjoy one holiday at a time.
 
Lace 
Nov. 16, 2010 3:18 am
You're right on, Doug. I prefer to enjoy one holiday at a time. Great slogan, too!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:10 am
Good morning MellieD - I am afraid to turn on the radio for fear of early xmas music this year - it's bad enough the shuffle on my ipod caught me off guard this morning
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:11 am
Good morning Avon - we will be doing the tree the first saturday in December too.Happy Bird Day ! Thanks for stopping by.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:12 am
Thanks Lace - if Thanksgiving were a comedian, it would be Rodney Dangerfield. No respect I tell ya. No respect.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:25 am
I love Thanksgivivg and look forward to all of it each year. I leave my fall decor up until the Monday after. I love all the traditional foods and share them all with friends. This year we are off to Denver to share our Thanks with with good friends.Respect the Turkey and the great food and activities that go with it. happy Thanksgving everyone!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:30 am
Good morning Rozdodl - I was just in Denver last week and I used to live there. Love that city. Have a great holiday and thanks for stopping by.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:38 am
Ba ha ha ha!! Great blog - RESPECT THE BIRD!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:43 am
Thanks Mominator - RESPECT THE BIRD !!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:02 am
Amen! Well said! I think "Respect the Bird!" should be a Thanksgiving motto!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:04 am
Thanks Patricia - I even have my kids saying it to their friends at school
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:28 am
Hey Doug, I totally agree. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my whole family still gathers at my mom's house! All 42 of us!!!!! We love the stories as my Nana tells them all in great detail. We love all the kids running around and the teens huddled in a corner trying to be cool, the guys watching football and the dames of the brood play Phase 10!! Then it's time for dessert and my great aunts come over for coffee so what's another 5 people? The more the merrier!!! I LOVE TURKEY DAY!!!!! RESPECT THE BIRD ; )
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:28 am
Terrific blog, Doug! I think we're the only folks in the neighborhood without our Christmas lights up yet. What the heck is up with that? I hate the way the stores have the next holiday's merchandise out before the current holiday is over. I need some down time in between holidays! Thanksgiving is a great holiday- it's very low stress for me. I totally respect the bird.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:30 am
42 people at one time dragonfly22 ? Do you all rent out the neighborhood ? How many turkeys do you make ? And I thought I was in for it this year with 25 people....RESPECT THE BIRD !!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:32 am
Thanks Citrus Punch - I'm glad to hear that you fight the urge to put up early xmas lights too - I secretly think the people with their lights up now just never took them down to begin with. Stop by again.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 7:30 am
Doug, I just love your thoughts on the full court press over American holidays just as our collective and luscious turkey day nears. I too find it impossible to savor each holiday for its own worth (what I read into your use of respect) and don't we all know why? *soapbox scrapes floor, stage left* Capital ism and the almighty sales pitch in our culture. Consumerism drives all we experience and I, for one, hate it. sigh...thanks for the therapy session Doug. Might a nickel be in order?
 
Nov. 16, 2010 7:39 am
Good morning Anythingonabudget - feel free to scrape that soapbox over here any time. The almighty $ rules all....or so they think. Lucy says thanks for the nickel and that I am still a blockhead.
 
Mel K 
Nov. 16, 2010 7:55 am
Good morning Doug, I have to jump on the bandwagon and agree fully that we do not get to enjoy Thanksgiving holiday due to the over-ride of the Christmas marketing.I want to enjoy the wonderful joy of gathering together the turkey and all of the wonderful trimmings to make Thanksgiving special.I do not want to hear Christmas carols until after Thanksgiving.It has always been a joy for me to search for the perfect Turkey and yams. To gather the pecans and get them shelled and ready for the pecan pies. To make sure the pumpkin has been prepared for the pies.Of course we watch the greens growing in the garden so we can make sure they are perfect to gather on the day before Thanksgiving. Great preparation goes into the meal and into making sure that everything is perfect for the family and friends.I love the bird and give him my total respect. Happy Thanksgiving!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:04 am
Christmas starts the Friday after Thanksgiving.... nuff said! Respect the Bird!!! And Mary C, I'll take a T-shirt. :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:04 am
Thanks Mel K - any chance you have an extra seat at your table this year ? Your meal sounds great.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:17 am
Hi Crystal S - Friday ! I agree ! nuff said ! RESPECT THE BIRD !!! (and thanks for stopping in)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:34 am
I know you can't believe everything you see on TV but so many shows clebrate American T-day and they show the turkey, the tree, the decorations, etc. I always wondered what you all did at Christmas when you have a huge family gathering on T-day? We have T-day in October, by December I am ready to make another goose or turkey (depending on the year). Halloween was barely off the shelves and people were throwing up Christmas decs. Many here were upset because we still had Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day) to honour before Christmas stuff went up. I put up snowmen as soon as it starts to snow-which should be today...but Christmas decs don't go up until 2nd or 3rd week of Dec and it stays up until Jan 8. Part of my background. By then there is already Valentines and St Patty's stuff about.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:38 am
AMEN, Doug, AMEN! My poor husband cringed in embarrassment when I actually threw a temper tantrum in the local Costco when they had Christmas decor for sale on July 4th. THE 4TH OF JULY, folks! No, no, no! Take time to RESPECT THE BIRD!! And I want to buy about two dozen of those t-shirts. RESPECT THE BIRD! :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:41 am
I tell you redneck gramma - It's all part of an insidious plot perpetrated by the american media to make us think that thanksgiving turkey belongs in front of a christmas tree. I do like the fact that Canadian Thanksgiving is October 10 but I did make the mistake once of flying into Montreal at night on 10/10 and was lucky to get a Big Mac....as for Valentine's & then St. Patrick's, well those are all well & good but what about Groundhog Day ?
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:43 am
July 4th ? Xmas Sale ? Don't even get me started on Costco SKYEYES aka CookiesInTheJar. (Actually, that's my next blog and I am already writing it)....sounds like I need to go into business with Mary C. on those RESPECT THE BIRD !!! shirts - thanks for stopping in.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:56 am
I still have up my pumpkin lights, pumpkins and other fall decor about the house. They're not stealing my favorite season. When I tried to get a pumpkin at Sams before halloween they had one pallet of 'fall' decorations and two full rows of Christmas. Ugh!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:00 am
LMAO, Groundhog Day, 6 weeks till spring or 6 more weeks of winter...Buzzinga...I wish the furry critter could tell my how much more snow I will get, so we would know when to plan out early spring/late winter skidoo rally. That would be helpful! Even the pig's spleen has a hard time predicting that one. BTW-I will take a T-shirt in pink/purple cammo please
 
K-Dub 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:16 am
Great blog Doug! I agree with you 100%. Each holiday should get the respect it deserves....and I feel Thanksgiving just doesn't. I refuse to decorate with anything Christmas until Dec 1st. If T-Shirts get made I'd love to buy one. Ha ha ha Thanks for getting the respect out there. :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:18 am
I agree! In fact, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday- yes, not Christmas, but Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving- all the things around it are fun and meaningful to me.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:19 am
I also would buy a t-shirt that said "Respect the bird!" on it! I love that idea :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:33 am
Great blog Dave!! I am with you 100%. This is truly my favorite holiday..because it is the one time we can all take a breather and focus on what we are or should be grateful for!! And rest assured I always count my AR Peeps among my blessings. Thanks for reminding us to respect the bird. In spanish is is "Pavo". :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:35 am
Sorry Doug...I think I was thinking about the band when I typed your name above. LOL!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:11 am
Oooh, nice blog here! My best friend often posts here and since I don't see anything from her yet, let me say that IF she were to post something, it would go something like this: If you really want to Respect the Bird, DON'T COOK ONE! She is a vegetarian. There is, of course, something to be said about that! lol
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:31 am
I agree. It's my favorite holiday, and it is by far overlooked. It seems to skip from Halloween to Christmas to Valentines day. I want a shirt :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:47 am
I ahve no problem at all with pumpkin lights linda2d - I think i might have to get some of those myself - thanks for dropping in
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:48 am
pink/purple cammo ? I think my daughters will want that shirt too redneck gramma
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:49 am
The more I think about it K-Dub, the more I think Mary C & I should go into business selling these shirts. Thanks for stopping in and showing your Respect for The Bird
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:51 am
I am not surprised crunchy by how many people have chimed in here, FB & Twitter to let me know that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. It's FOOD, no pressure for gifts & more FOOD. Plus it's usually a long weekend too. Thanks for visiting and we are checking on the shirts.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:53 am
No Worries Noemi - Dave is my less talented musically inclined cousin. We won't let him sing at the table. (jk)...and thanks for the spanish lesson - Respecto El Pavo !!! B-)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:55 am
Hi CHRISTYJ - I will leave it to your friend to write the "RESPECT THE TOFURKEY" blog. We are carnivores in our house. Glad you stopped by.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:57 am
Hi Ilive24 - I'm glad you stopped in - Thanksgiving needs more people like us. We also need those shirts....
 
Nov. 16, 2010 11:19 am
Right on Doug! Christmas is my most favorite time of year, but I'm not ready to decorate or listen to carols until the week AFTER Thanksgiving. Respect The Bird!! Everyone is in such a rush to beat the neighbor getting the decorations up, etc. Lets all take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the good feelings that giving thanks gives us. And enjoy and be thankful for all our family around us.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 11:40 am
Thanks Marilyn/scooter2 - There is plenty of time for Christmas without stepping on the Turkey's toes. Have a great one
 
Nov. 16, 2010 12:19 pm
All I can say is.... AMEN!!!!!!!!! I totally agree! By the time Christmas gets here I am sick of it! 3 months of Ho HO HO is tooooooooooooooooo much! Great blog! I totally Respect the BIRD!!!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 12:25 pm
Thanks Shanon K - no one needs xmas burnout - glad you stopped by
 
Sharon 
Nov. 16, 2010 12:30 pm
OMG...dang it Doug...you just made me shoot tea out of my nose!!! I hate that!! Funniest thing I have read all day. Nice subtle way to start a movement....POWER TO THE BIRD!!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 12:33 pm
Hi Sharon - hot tea, iced tea or sweet tea ? Thanks for stopping in and showing your support for RESPECT THE BIRD !!!
 
maggie 
Nov. 16, 2010 12:36 pm
I am in complete agreement Doug. Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 1:50 pm
As a Canadian, our Thanksgiving is out of the way a couple weeks before Halloween, so its a little easier for the bird to get respect (and to have recovered from the turkey coma before Christmas rolls around!)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 4:08 pm
Amen brother! I have never allowed ANY decorations etc. in my house until after Thanksgiving. Makes life a little crazy these days but we've gotta stand our ground! And....no shopping on Thanksgiving day...that's family time! Why must we open the stores????
 
TKS 
Nov. 16, 2010 4:28 pm
The bird is the word.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 4:40 pm
My wife and I are so ticked off with the early Xmas that we are not shopping any retailers this year. Just our little revenge. I do mean Xmas. Christmas is in December.
 
Mich 
Nov. 16, 2010 8:40 pm
Thank goodness there are people like me. I love Thanksgiving and I am so sad that commercialism has taken over Christmas so much that retailers feel they have to force it on the general public before Novemeber even starts. We never do anything for Christmas until after my son's birthday, that we have to plan months in advance to have any options, Dec. 3rd. This year we have decided not to slather the kids with toys this year but instead to do handmade gifts and have them help make handmade gifts for our friends and relatives. No commercialism.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 11:18 pm
Great blog. It is one holiday I truly enjoy celebrating, even though I can't put into words exactly why. Respect the Bird.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:50 am
good morning maggie and Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
 
Jeanette 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:52 am
I agree respect the bird and the timed honored tradition of family gathering minus the greed so rampant with Christmas giving and getting these days. I'm not an old codger and truly enjoy both holidays for what they truly represent - Family, Fun, Tradition, Renewal of Faith! Let's respect the bird and sanctity of the Fall and Winter Holiday seasons!!!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:52 am
Good morning ARTSYGIRL89 - I have always wondered, do Canadians have to depend on Tim Horton's & hockey to get through November ? thanks for stopping in
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:56 am
Hallelujah and pass the gravy annsmom - you are preaching to the choir about shopping on Thanksgiving. The only store that should be open is the quickie mart for those last minute overpriced forgotten essentials
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:56 am
You can say that again TKS
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:58 am
Good morning Mike Harvey - those smaller local guys you will be shopping at instead will be thanking you - we will all suffer through Xmas together
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:00 am
Good morning Mich - that is a wonderful sentiment - the thought that goes into a present should always count for more than a fancy label or a price tag - have a happy thanksgiving and if it's not too early, Happy Birthday to your son
 
Jeanette 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:02 am
Wow this is one interesting blog! Doug and all bloggers, our movement has to be "Respect the Bird".Great blogging! By the way what's everybody having on their menus along with the bird. My house traditional pie is sweet potato not pumpkin!!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:02 am
I have trouble putting it into words myself CATDANCER76 - that's why I use a locked room full of drunken monkeys with laptops to write my blogs for me. Have a great day
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:05 am
Hey Jeanette - Good morning & thank you for your support for the cause. I'm not an old codger either, more like a curmudgeon I think. As for Thanksgiving, we are a pumpkin pie family but we also have apple pie & birthday cake (it's my older uglier brother's birthday).
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:08 am
You know something? You've just made me wish we had a Thanksgiving over here! I have attended one Thanksgiving in West Virginia, some 20 odd years ago now - but the tradition seems to be peculiarly American. However, I applaud your sentiments and congratulate you for standing up for them. A huge cheer from here!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:13 am
As for Christmas commercialism - well all I can say is that it sickens me. When I was over in the UK, this was in July!!!!!, there were signs outside pubs telling everyone to book early for their Christmas dinners! And I get so ticked off by the attitude "Oh! You can't be mean to him/her/it/them. It's Christmas!" Why not. I'm nice to people the year round, so why do some people only have a nice in them for late December? And why should unthinking, selfish, egotistical a$$holes get away with unacceptable behaviour just because it's late December? There - rant over. Enjoy your holidays - ALL of them!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:15 am
Good morning or should I say Good afternoon Swiss Phil. Someday you should come back over to the states for Thanksgiving. It's quite the culinary event. I love switzerland. I remember having rosti for the first time as a young teen in a mountain hut outside of Grindelwald. Still sticks with me. Have a great day.
 
Jeanette 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:17 am
Wow this is one interesting blog! Doug and all bloggers, our movement has to be "Respect the Bird".Great blogging! By the way what's everybody having on their menus along with the bird. My house traditional pie is sweet potato not pumpkin!!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:17 am
Oh and by the way - we as a family have brought back some fun to Christmas by recognising that it was getting ridiculous the amount of money we were all handing over for presents. So we made a decision that there would be a maximum allowed spending limit on presents bewteen us. We set it at £10 - that's roughly 15 dollars - maximum allowed to be spent on any one present. It's fun trying to find cheaper things that are appropriate and makes Christmas shopping enjoyable again!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:17 am
Rant On Swiss Phil Rant On. I work in midtown manhattan. Over the top commercialism hits me at every other turn. You have a great holiday too.
 
JARRIE 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:18 am
I couldn't agree more with this blog, Doug. I *love* Thanksgiving, and while I also love Christmas, I like to milk each holiday for every ounce of joy -- and I feel like Thanksgiving will be over with before I ever really got excited about it this year! Someone get me a "Respect the Bird" avatar ;)
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:21 am
There is always something that you can find for someone that is meaningful without breaking the bank if you just take the time & effort to think about that person. I like your decision Swiss Phil.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:22 am
Good morning Jarrie - Christmas has plenty of days all too itself, it doesn't need to take any away from our Turkey. And I need that avatar too. Thanks for stopping in.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 6:23 am
Just for fun, I googled "Respect the Turkey" for Spanish translation and got this: ¡Respeto el pavo! :D
 
Nov. 17, 2010 6:46 am
INDEED! Ran to the store last week turned the radio on and one station had Christmas carols. Say what?! I think not only should we "Respect the Bird" but all the holidays. Enjoy each one instead of screaming thru it to the next. Great Blog!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:02 am
Best submission I've ever read on this site.....I agree one hundred percent! I want the t-shirt!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:07 am
Bueno ! Gracias Patricia ! Respeto El Pavo !!!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:08 am
Thanks Cat Hill - I just really want to enjoy some stuffing & gravy along with the turkey
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:09 am
Thanks ALVA416 - I should have thought of those t-shirts last month when we were all getting ready for Halloween.....oh, wait a minute...
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:27 am
Unfortunately Thanksgiving doesn't bring in the big retail dollars and just in case we've missed it, retailers are going to be hurting once again... so getting an early jump on the holidays means more profit and hopefully more jobs... if you don't like Christmas crowding your 4th of July, then don't let it.. happy Easter everyone!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:42 am
Trust me BellesAZ - I feel the pinch in the wallet just like everyone else and I realize that the stores need to do what they can to get merchandise out the door BUT....my neighbors don't have to set up their manger & lights so early, do they ? Have a great Memorial Day !
 
Nov. 17, 2010 8:31 am
Not only respect the bird, let's pray for the bird I'm making this year as I try the Morton Thompson Turkey recipe. It will either be wonderful or we'll start going out next year. We'll see.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 8:33 am
Go for it pjammiez - I am once again partially cooking a turkey, throwing it in a car, driving an hour and thrwoing it back in the oven - wish me luck too. Thanks for stopping in.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 9:06 am
That? Was pretty awesome, Swampy. Rock on, and keep on respecting that bird, no matter how dry, moist, or drowned in gravy it might get. And don't forget the cranberry joy - it's the one time a year that little berry get's any loving.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 9:06 am
*gets
 
Nov. 17, 2010 9:36 am
Hey VesHeill - we will keep on rocking & respecting....I love cranberries - I am thinking of making a cranberry applesauce this weekend as a test run for THE BIRD
 
Nov. 17, 2010 10:11 am
Enjoyed your blog, Doug. I was surprised by how many responded but I shouldn't be because I feel pretty much the same way. I'd like to add that I enjoy having the family and friends (young and old, & with the teens in their corner lol) gathered together and giving thanks to God for all the blessings and the great harvest.
 
AngKN 
Nov. 17, 2010 10:28 am
Great blog! I refuse to even think Christmas until after Thanksgiving (that's when all the sales start anyway - so why wouldn't you want to wait?)I used to work in retail and having to listen to Xmas carols 24/7 (not to mention the ones that make you cry hysterically in front of a customer *cough Christmas Shoes cough*) drove me nuts and started my "No Christmas until December" policy
 
Linds 
Nov. 17, 2010 11:44 am
As one of my roleplay characters would say... WESPECT DA BIRDIE!!! I've had a tad bit of trouble remembering to keep the Christmas music out of my head, but I *love* Turkey Day too.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 11:45 am
Good afternoon sunnysideup - I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of responses but not by the sentiments expressed. I'm glad you joined us today.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 11:47 am
Good afternoon AngKN - I refuse to read christmas books to the kids before December 1 and no christmas music either - unless they are practicing for their piano lessons - thanks for stopping by
 
Nov. 17, 2010 11:49 am
Hey Linds - you sound a lot like Tweety - my ipod tried to ambush me with christmas music this morning but I was actually awake enough to notice before it was too late. Have a great one.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 12:13 pm
Doug.. we put our lights up the weekend after Thanksgiving and they come down the weekend of New Years. It could be worse some people never take their stuff down. I once had a neighbor that left a live wreath hanging on her door until April. I am enjoying all the sales though.. especially at the grocery store. A 5 lbs prime rib roast on sale for $16.. guess what I made for dinner this weekend? I can always switch off the carols.. but I'll take advantage of good deals while they are here. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 12:19 pm
Food sales I have no problem with at any time of the year BellesAZ - you want to put santa on a 5lb roast at a cheap price in July and I am buying it. It's the music & lights & other sales that drive me nuts. Have a great day.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 12:45 pm
Super cute post. I can digg it, Respect tha Bird!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 1:07 pm
Thank you Kandiee - I appreciate you stopping by
 
tmoongirl 
Nov. 17, 2010 1:28 pm
Doug, I wanted to let you know that I love your blog entries. I'm truly impressed the involvement that you have with your kids, and the creativity of each. And I'm with you, Respect the Bird!!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 1:52 pm
Thank you tmoongirl - we all have fun in the kitchen and at home. I hope you have a great holiday.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 3:16 pm
ok people doing you thing some thing in happy thanksgiveing holiday and i go all out maybe i get shirts printed up saying respect the bird some thing is like a good person and it all i can say some thing in the way you doing this shower then bed mary c. yes \but im sower
 
Nov. 17, 2010 3:33 pm
I was born on Thanksgiving day many, many years ago and my birthday is always close to the day, so I'm *all* about the holiday!! And this year, both of my kids are in college and will be heading back to school soon after their turkey dinner, so I am not putting up a tree until they come back for Christmas break. I'm actually thinking about paying my daughter to decorate the tree...I really, really hate doing it.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:42 pm
I hate how turkey day is forgotten. Loved your post! I was like HECK YEAH! Then got to RESPECTO EL BIRDO and busted up laughing. My kids think I'm nuts anyway but now they're really worried about me ;) Have a great Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:48 pm
I love this! Would you mind if I re-blog this?
 
SXYMAMI03 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:03 pm
I personally think that thanksgiving is a big part of what I like to call "The holidays." The holidays begin for me Nov 1st and end Jan 1st. Christmas music is played, Thanksgiving meal is mapped out... The house starts getting filled with the scent of sweet potatoes cranberries and such... There's no disrespect to the Bird if I I clump it in with Christmas. "The Holidays" are the most wonderful time of the year.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:26 pm
Thanks for stopping by chunk18
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:28 pm
Happy Early Birthday ElCay - my uglier older brother has his birthday fall on Thanksgiving - it always meant birthday cake with pumpkin pie - and how much you paying to decorate ? I could use some extra $
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:29 pm
Thanks Amy - my kids think I am a little bit nuts too - have a great one
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:30 pm
Be my guest lovincookin - just let me know where so I can come peek - glad you liked it
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:32 pm
I can see almost see your point of view on the subject SXYMAMI03 if I squint a little.....in fact I may have even said have a nice holiday season to someone above us in the thread - thanks for stopping by and have a great holiday season !
 
Nov. 17, 2010 5:39 pm
This really made me laugh and in all honesty it is the truth..lol!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 6:18 pm
Our kids are BEGGING us to get the decorations out - for the last TWO weeks! We refuse! LOL Gotta have the turkey first!
 
Krissy with a K 
Nov. 17, 2010 8:14 pm
I love Thanksgiving! We decorate for Christmas the day after. Just seems right to do it then. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 4:47 am
Good morning Lyssa0587 - glad I could make you smile. Thanks for dropping by.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 4:50 am
exactly What's for dinner, mom? - my kids have been drawing up plans and having secret meetings behind my back for weeks. They will be awake at the crack of dawn a week from friday with their santa hats on. Bah Humbug. RESPECT THE BIRD !
 
Nov. 18, 2010 4:51 am
good morning Krissy with a K - I hope you have a good holiday too
 
Nov. 18, 2010 5:04 am
Sorry, I wish Christmas lasted even longer than it does. It's my favorite time of year, hands down. I can still enjoy Thanksgiving with my Christmas decorations up! I'm not so into the commercialism of Christmas, I just like the feeling I get around Christmas. It brings back childhood memories of sledding, skating, building snow forts, coming in from a long day of playing in the snow to drink hot chocolate....my memories are not about gifts but about listening to music you only hear once a year but know every word. How my father would get up on Christmas morning and make home made eggnog for us kids (the only time of year he ventured into the kitchen!), the Christmas pagents, going to church at midnight on Christmas eve.....maybe I need to move to the North Pole.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 5:23 am
Good morning all,i agree with you,christmas and all holidays have become one big sales pitch,maybe as you say Doug,i am getting older,but it seems to me that christmas ornaments on sale in October is pushing things a bit too fast,but then i guess thats the idea,SALES,i am at the point where holidays are just one big commercial to sell,and make money,as for myself,yes i feel like a scrooge,but why do something if your heart is not in it,why should we always feel we have to celebrate any holiday,just because we have always done so,i will be alone at xmas this year,i plan to take my dogs for a walk in the snow,curl up by a hot fire with a good book,bah humbug,its a great life,enjoy,i may even cook a turkey,you see,i am already getting the feel for the holidays,keep up the great blogs,merry xmas to all,and to all a good day,,,,,
 
Nov. 18, 2010 5:28 am
Good morning Bennett - I can't disagree with a single one of your sentiments. I hope you have a great Holiday season and let me know if you need a real estate agent when you move up north. I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 5:30 am
Morning jimbogs and thanks for stopping in. The sales push is a bit much now but I won't be surprised if some holiday spirit finds it way to you as the days get closer. Now for important stuff, Stuffing inside or outside the bird and what book are you reading ?
 
Nov. 18, 2010 6:13 am
Hey again Doug,thanks for getting back at me,i am new to '' blogs ''i find this great fun!!, stuffing inside for sure,gives a better flavor to the bird,and also helps keep it moist,as for reading,it will be '' The christmas quilt ''by Thomas J. Davis,its a warm story,touches the heart,brings back memories of xmas past,though i am into anything by John Grisham,,,,at this moment i am watching the first snow flakes coming down here in Knowlton,Québec,'' its a country town about 1 hr. from Montreal,i love it here,quiet,country setting,i am retired from health care,so i,m enjoying the peace and quiet,except for the wild game hunters,did anyone see my comments on yesterday about hunting,boy did i open a can of worms!!! but i guess thats the idea,have a great day,,,,,
 
Nov. 18, 2010 7:24 am
Doug, I was battling the stuffing question yesterday. I looked up a variety of recipes because I'm thinking of putting aromatics in the bird this year, and not stuffing it. I'm brining to avoid the dryness and watched a really great video from Alton Brown for guidance. He pointed out that it's called Dressing when it's prepared and baked outside of the bird, and stuffing if it's inside of it. I never thought about the difference before, but now that I do, it does make sense.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 7:25 am
I didn't think they celebrated an American holiday like Thanksgiving in Canada, JimBogs?
 
Nov. 18, 2010 8:06 am
Hello again jimbogs - I'm an inside the bird guy for my stuffing - usually a cornbread stuffing - my mom came down with celiac a few years back so I changed the stuffing to just lemons & limes. Haven't read any Grisham in a while, they started to get formulaic for me. I'm guessing Canadians fan so let me say, Let's Go Rangers !
 
Nov. 18, 2010 8:09 am
Hi BellesAZ - I'm going with the lemons & limes again this year because I have to do the Annual Traveling Turkey again this year so my sister in law will have the dressing ready on the other end of the drive.....and Canadian Thanksgiving is October 10 - the same day as my old fake ID from high school
 
Nov. 18, 2010 8:28 am
Hey BellesAZ,i did not know thanksgiving was reserved for americans,check your calendar,it was October 11,your Columbus day,we celebrate it as you,with turkey,but not wild turkey,ha ha ha, oh,Doug,i hate hockey,it also is tooo commercialised,too many high salaries,hummm,cornbread stuffing,sounds delicious,i always use my grandma,s recipe for bread stuffing,we keep going on like this and i may just celebrate xmas,i think its a Canadian holiday??? anyways i,m sure someone will let me know if it is not???
 
Nov. 18, 2010 9:12 am
What kind of canadian are you jimbogs that you hate hockey ? I thought the only canadians who hated hockey lived in Florida & Southern California ?
 
Nov. 18, 2010 10:29 am
I know,i am embarrassed,no i do not go south,i prefer the cold,but i was raised in a home full of hockey,guess thats why i prefer soccer,must be the french in me,lol,have a great day,looking forward to more blogs from you,,,,
 
Nov. 18, 2010 11:08 am
I respect the bird, but the bird seems to lose all respect for me right around the time I shove a big fistful of dressing wrist deep into its cavity... HAPPY THANKSGIVING! :)
 
Nov. 18, 2010 12:07 pm
So on the same page Doug(and everyone else). Respect the bird. LOL! That is going to become a holiday saying in my house, and t-shirts are an awesome idea! Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 12:19 pm
Hi *eclectRicity* - I can see how the Bird loses some of it's romance & allure when you get all TSA Agent with the Bird. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 12:20 pm
Good afternoon Chesney'smommy - get the word out there - RESPECT THE BIRD ! thanks for stopping in
 
Rosemary 
Nov. 18, 2010 12:25 pm
I actually saw a tree going up in someone's home mid-october. I almost ran off the road when I saw the lights. Respect the Bird!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 12:28 pm
Our neighbor had their tree up on November 1 Rosemary - they are originally from Denmark so maybe that's why but it still shocked me. Thanks for stopping in.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 12:56 pm
Well said, Doug!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 1:01 pm
ha,ha,ha,ha, love it!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 1:06 pm
Thank you Mspraise - somehow the words fell into the right spots
 
Nov. 18, 2010 1:06 pm
thanks swchef - come back any time
 
Nov. 18, 2010 2:21 pm
Having been born in Canada and now being an American citizen, I respect the bird in both countries! The Canadian Parliament declared the second Monday in October as Thanksgiving Day on January 31, 1957. Roosevelt declared the 4th Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day in the US on December 26, 1941. Both days represent giving thanks for the end of the harvest season and its bounty. Living here in the US, on Canadian Thanksgiving I always roast a stuffed chicken, have pumpkin pie, etc. I do a turkey with all the trimmings on American Thanksgiving. I respect the bird internationally!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 3:59 pm
I love this! "Respecto El Birdo" made me almost spit up my water laughing. Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday and has been as far back as I can remember. I couldn't have said it better myself: Respect the Bird! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)
 
Nov. 18, 2010 4:13 pm
Lol. RESPECTO EL BIRDO !!!
 
Lacey 
Nov. 18, 2010 4:37 pm
I am 100% with you on that!! Thanksgiving is too my favorite holiday!! It is hits the basic's of getting the family together, no matter how much bickering there is or which one of my nieces grabbed a fistfull of dessert before its even been cut into. I love the drunken chaos. Every other holiday seem's to be "what do I get?" this one is so special bc its saying thank you for being so greedy at the rest of them, so yes Mary C., I too will take a whole bundle of those shirts, just tell me where to send my check!!!
 
Chantel 
Nov. 18, 2010 8:02 pm
This is hilarious! I loved your blog. I feel a little guilty as I just bought a Christmas CD at Starbucks today. This was entertaining. Very cute.
 
Nov. 18, 2010 8:17 pm
Respect the bird... don't eat it :) Try a Tofurkey!
 
ldlnea 
Nov. 18, 2010 11:44 pm
I sooo agree! I had to go to three stores today to buy Thanksgiving/Fall themed napkins for a party....but all I found was Christmas decor. The 3rd store's clerk finally found some for me, but he had to search (I had two choices). I love Christmas, but I don't want it to start until AFTER Thanksgiving. The "gimme" Holiday has taken over the "Give Thanks" holiday & and the trick or treats. We're now hearing Christmas Carols fo 1/4 of the year. Too much!! I'll "respect the bird"
 
Janine 
Nov. 19, 2010 4:41 am
Wow. You are on the money! The Christmas rush is bad enough without adding extra weeks to it. I have heard the Xmas music already in the stores...I actually paused for a moment to realize ...yes I hear slieghbells. AUGHHHH. RESPECT THE BIRD!!!!!!
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:35 am
Good morning Cactus Rose - I don't know if my waistband could handle 2 thanksgivings even with 6 weeks in between. Have a great 2nd one.
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:36 am
Thanks valerie160 - you have a Happy Thanksgiving too
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:37 am
Bueno CaptMicha !
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:37 am
Hey Lacey - sounds like a great thanksgiving. Thanks for dropping in
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:39 am
A Christmas CD from Starcrooks ? How could you Chantel ? Have a great holiday
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:40 am
I'm sorry CarrieHansen but Respect the Tofurkey just doesn't have the same ring to it. Thanks & have a great holiday
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:41 am
I am surprised you found anything at all ldlnea - thanks for stopping in and have a great holiday
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:42 am
Sleighbells Janine ? All I want to hear right about now is "pass the gravy" - thanks for commenting and have a great holiday
 
Nov. 19, 2010 6:22 am
Well Said!
 
Gibby 
Nov. 19, 2010 6:41 am
Awesome blog Doug... I'll take an XL shirt. When reading Pjammiez' reply, and how she is cooking the 'Morton Thompson Turkey Recipe' for your T-day, I'd love to know how it turns out too... (sounds like a lot of work) Have a great T-Day!
 
Nov. 19, 2010 7:17 am
Doug, I seriously think your Respect the Bird campaign can catch on. Next year, be sure to take t-shirt orders early.. lol.
 
Nov. 19, 2010 7:20 am
????????
 
Nov. 19, 2010 7:22 am
Doug, you can translate your catch phrase to just about any language... it wouldn't copy the text for me above, but it definitely looks COOL in Japanese! Do they celebrate Thanksgiving in Japan? Maybe one of our international experts know!?
 
Nov. 19, 2010 7:47 am
Good morning everyone,yes,as a matter of fact they celebrate Thanksgiving in Japan,its known as Niiname-sai,giving thanks for a bountiful rice harvest,goes back to 693,and is celebrated on Nov 23,i am not sure if they have a traditional meal,,,,,
 
Nov. 19, 2010 8:02 am
Wow, a real expert chimed in. Thanks!
 
Nov. 19, 2010 8:28 am
Hear, hear! Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell Thanks for this reminder to us all, Doug. I have much to be thankful for this year even though it's been very, very tough. I still have a job when so many others do not. I have my home while others live on the streets. I have the love of family when many others are alone. Much love and a beautiful Thanksgiving to you and yours!
 
auntusdixus 
Nov. 19, 2010 8:49 am
WHat? Now I have to take down my witches, skeletons and pumpkins? I live at 8500 feet, and we have five feet of snow on the ground - pray tell, how am I supposed to hang lights when it is already COLD?? Perhaps witches and skeletons should become Christmas themes, or a giant turkey on the roof with a sleigh?
 
mimi 
Nov. 19, 2010 9:15 am
THANKSGIVING IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY. IT'S ALL ABOUT FOOD & GETING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY. I LOVE THE AUTUMN COLORS & FRUITS OF THE SEASON TOO. CAN'T WE JUST ENJOY ONE HOLIDAY AT A TIME??? AND I'LL TAKE A FEW T-SHIRTS TOO!!!!
 
Jessica87 
Nov. 19, 2010 9:50 am
holy cheese and crackers thats funny. i agree respect the bird.... personally i decorate the yard with big blow up turkeys through xmas...lol
 
Nov. 19, 2010 10:03 am
Bellesazs,i am not an expert,but thanks,i did volunteer work in a refugee hospital in Japan in the 60,s,for 6 mos.,and yes i did look this up as it rang a bell,for the life of me,i could not remember the proper name,niiname-sai,so,yet another example,thanksgiving is celebrated around the world,contrary to what you thought,not just an American celebration,have a great day !!!!
 
Shirley 
Nov. 19, 2010 12:01 pm
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DOUG! I'm thankful for blogs like yours, reminding us we are not alone in our passion for a Holiday that needs reviving! RESPECT the BIRD! GIVE THANKS FOR THE HOLIDAY, FRIENDS AND FAMILY Unfortunately it is lost and forgotten in the rush of pursuing the perfect Christmas.
 
anacorider 
Nov. 19, 2010 12:40 pm
Thanksgiving Day is the quintessential American holidy. ait is a time to reflect on the life we lead free from the commecialism of all the other holidays. It is in a way great that Thanksgiving has flown under the radar as far as the stores and malls are concerned. Sir John Templeton expressed much better than I can for what we should be grateful. Best regards to all.
 
Holly 
Nov. 19, 2010 12:52 pm
This blog & all the comments have been a blast to read! I agree w/everyone on the t-shirts, great idea (can you patent that phrase, lol)! I love Thanksgiving, but I love Halloween & Christmas too. I get so excited for the fall b/c their is so much to look forward too. I've always thought the overlapping of holiday display is wrong. Why can't we just enjoy the moment w/out looking ahead to the next big thing. And early Christmas lights crack me up. But guess what, I live in OK and for the last couple of years we've had icestorms & blizzards when its time to hang the lights. This year we hung them early, we haven't turned them on. But the next day I came to work & read this blog. I was like Wha??? Haha! Happy Thanksgiving and RTB! :)
 
LJS 
Nov. 19, 2010 1:50 pm
DIS THE BIRD! I completely agree with the sentiment, but if too many people start especting the bird then Thanksgiving is going to be as commercialized as Thanksgiving. I actually saw an ad from The Spirit Store for turkey costumes. I don't think that's respecting the bird. I'd rather quietly honor the bird.
 
Nov. 19, 2010 1:53 pm
Thank you Long Island Girl
 
Nov. 19, 2010 1:55 pm
Hey Gibby - thanks for stopping in and I'll see about that t-shirt - sunds like an idea I need to follow through on for next year