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RESPECT THE BIRD ! (revisited) 
Oct. 21, 2013 9:14 am 
Updated: Oct. 28, 2014 6:30 am
Late this summer the Christmas decorations started to appear in CostCo. As September rolled around, reports of other Christmas displays came filtering in from Home Depot & other “Big Box” stores. Christmas music could be heard on the radio and in department stores. In recent days even MACY’S, the last bastion against Thanksgiving Greed, has announced that they too have succumbed to the pressure of opening their doors on Thanksgiving night. It is truly a sad commentary on society today that a chance at a couple of ridiculously underpriced televisions means more than the chance to sit down for real quality time with our family & friends.

So as I walked passed MACY’S this morning while yelling “RESPECT THE BIRD !!!” at the top of my lungs, I thought it might be time for me to bring back a timeless classic. I may have written this blog in 2010 but it still fits today.

RESPECT THE BIRD – November 15, 2010

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 $hopping & commercial$….
Christmas themed candy was on the shelves before the Halloween candy had even been discounted.
Starbucks has been using themed cups for several weeks now.
Christmas displays are showing up in store windows.
Christmas music has started to play in malls around the country.
Santa Claus has started showing up in those very same malls.
Christmas ads are all over the TV & magazines.
Bah Humbug.
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, 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...

…now if you feel the way I do, feel free to share this blog with your friends & family and go visit our website at to take the pledge against shopping on Thanksgiving. We can all help bring respect back to a real family holiday.
Respect The Bird !!!
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Oct. 21, 2013 9:24 am
Still with ya' Doug! Today is Oct 20th and stores around here have already removed Halloween and put up Christmas!
Oct. 21, 2013 11:29 am
And I am glad you are still with me iryd8 no more! RESPECT THE BIRD !
Oct. 21, 2013 11:39 am
I was at Wal-mart this weekend, and you wouldn't believe how much Christmas they already have out! Love this post! RESPECT THE BIRD!
Oct. 21, 2013 11:39 am
Christmas stuff*
Oct. 21, 2013 11:47 am
The one holiday that remains for family is disappearing into football games and shopping. I agree, Doug, RESPECT THE BIRD!!!
Oct. 21, 2013 11:56 am
Hi Lin-DUH - it's criminal - my son is even yelling RESPECT THE PUMPKIN he is so disgusted with early Christmas.
Oct. 21, 2013 11:57 am
Hi Mike - I don't mind football on Thanksgiving - gives us something to do between courses....RESPECT THE BIRD !!!
Oct. 21, 2013 12:15 pm
Right there with you, Doug. The dollar store near my house had Halloween candy out before July 4th. Maybe Thanksgiving needs a bunch of songs associated with it. On second thought, it's all about the money - stores just want you to start buying Christmas presents and probably hope you'll forget what you've bought and buy doubles. Humbug.
Oct. 21, 2013 12:33 pm
My favorite holiday, Doug! I love the fall season and refuse to do any Christmas decorating until after Thanksgiving. I usually don't Christmas shop either, but this year I found something for my mother-in-law and you know how hard they are to buy for...
Oct. 21, 2013 1:14 pm
Bah Humbug is right Janet7th. If a couple of songs were all we needed, I would be banging away (badly) at a piano but no, it is the almighty $$$ that reigns and so all we have is our voices yearning to be heard like a Who down in Whoville. Have a great day.
Oct. 21, 2013 2:05 pm
Hi Paula - you get special dispensation when it comes to Mother-in-law's but even I wouldn't shop for my mother on Thanksgiving. Have a great bird.
Oct. 21, 2013 5:30 pm
LOL! Respect the pumpkin! I love it!
Oct. 21, 2013 8:19 pm
I truly respect the bird but more so I respect the Veteran. Veterans day in November also gets no respect. "Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. Veterans Day is a day we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have."
Oct. 22, 2013 5:04 am
Good morning bd - I could not agree with you more. My grandfather fought in WWII and my Mom was an army brat who met my dad in an officer's club while out on a date with another officer. Go Army ! Beat Navy !
Oct. 22, 2013 5:13 am
Oct. 22, 2013 5:46 am
Well said, Doug. Those around me know that one of my biggest gripes is the fact that Thanksgiving is overlooked. People don't take the time to honor the tradition, to decorate their homes and table in honor of the bird. It's my favorite holiday to cook, bake, and to have family and friends gather. Before I let everyone dig in I insist everyone goes around the table to say what they are thankful for. Then it's eat, drink, and be merry time! Your turkey from last year is picture perfect. How are you going to cook it this year?
Oct. 22, 2013 5:52 am
Good morning Donna - Was there ever any doubt ? Have a great pumpkin then bird.
Oct. 22, 2013 6:12 am
Good morning Cookin' Cyn - this has been a bugaboo of mine for quite some time. Thanksgiving is a time that is meant to give thanks for each other, not the savings I can get if I step on someone else's back to get it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great bird.
Oct. 22, 2013 1:08 pm
I am so disgusted. Christmas isn't supposed to be this stressed out/commercial enterprise. We respect the pumpkin, then the bird, and our Christmas is NOT a $$$$$$$ affair. You go Doug! (. . .and all you other bird respecters too).
Oct. 22, 2013 2:30 pm
Stores wouldn't be open if nobody showed up. Sadly, there is a large segment of our population for whom acquisition is everything and they never take time to be thankful for who and what they already have. Americans have buried the meaning of important holidays under commercialized propaganda. It is sad really.
Oct. 22, 2013 3:58 pm
My husband will not allow any discussion of Christmas, no decorations, no carols even HUMMED until, as he puts it "we have eaten the big chicken." We're in total agreement here!
Oct. 22, 2013 5:38 pm
I stay away from the stores on Thankgiving and especially Black Friday. Shopping on those days are not for me.
Oct. 23, 2013 4:44 am
I am glad that AR did this campaign. It made me truely realize that November, is almost skipped over. Before Halloween is even over, the stores have started Christmas. Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations in the same isle is just plain tacky. I now, make sure that I clearly separate each month and do not focus on the other holiday and month until the one is over. Sure, I miss some sales and pay higher prices in Dec., but to me it is worth it. Where I live 2 malls do not put out decorations until after Thanksgiving. I will not shop at the others. I avoid Wal-Mart holiday areas, to avoid confusion to myself or shop at grocers that respect each holiday. The experience really is more pleasant when you keep each months holiday in perspective.
Oct. 23, 2013 6:44 am
We absolutely love Thanksgiving. No Christmas decorations are put up until after we have finished the last of the leftovers either! The day after is a family tradition of "SOUP DAY". We have friends and family members over that could not be with us on the main holiday. We slice, dice and chop together and then I hold all take home containers hostage until the dishes are done and put away! :) There are no midnight shopping deals being chased or the day after sales we have to elbow our way through. Nope, we enjoy each other and everything the day has to offer. I refuse to be pressured and stressed by the Christmas "Push".
Oct. 23, 2013 7:12 am
Good Morning Lady Sparkle and thank you. We need more people thinking the same way you do. Have a great time trick or treating and then have a great bird.
Oct. 23, 2013 7:14 am
Good Morning BigShotsMom - the Almighty Dollar speaks loudest these days and woe to the holiday that gets in it's way. Have a great bird.
Oct. 23, 2013 7:16 am
Good Morning KAT - I also have a ban against singing, humming or playing and Xmas music until AFTER Thanksgiving and preferably not until the following Monday but my 13 year old daughter likes to push my buttons a little so I do somewhat relent. Hope you have a great holiday.
Oct. 23, 2013 7:17 am
Hi Lela - the only store you will find me in on the Friday after is the Grocery store because there are usually a few things we have run out of but that's it. The deals can wait. Have a great holiday.
Oct. 23, 2013 8:11 am
We do not have a big Thanksgiving "famly dinner", but we do enjoy relaxing on this day and saying our thanks, and I do smoke a turkey breast every year. It's one of my big pet peeves to see Christmas decorations go up by the first of October. I do not shop on this day nor do I shop on Black Friday. Retail definitely does not Respect the Bird!!
Oct. 23, 2013 11:47 am
Good afternoon Blender Woman - I just went downstairs to the same CVS that inspired this rant to get my son some candy corn and lo & behold but what do I see ? CHRISTMAS in 75% of the candy aisle. True, the Northeast has missed Halloween the last 2 years due to severe weather but come on....all the malls in our area are already starting to flock the trees and put up the decorations. It's going to be a long few weeks. Have a great couple of holidays.
Oct. 23, 2013 11:50 am
Good afternoon what's for dinner, Mom ? - I also make soup the day after Thanksgiving while the malls & big box stores are out of sight & mind. I like the idea of holding to go containers hostage until the dishes are clean. That will make an appearance at my house this year. Have a great holiday.
Oct. 23, 2013 11:52 am
Good afternoon wisweetp - Retail has never respected the Bird or the customers it lures out at ungodly hours for ridiculous sales. I save the mashing for potatoes, not for customers underfoot. Have a great holiday.
Oct. 23, 2013 4:58 pm
I don't like shopping on regular days. I'm sure not doing it on Thanksgiving or the day after...or probably not at all until I'm out of school for Christmas break. I do about 80% of my shopping online anyway.
Oct. 24, 2013 12:59 pm
good afternoon TwoSweetPickles - CyberMonday is always a good day in our office - absolutely NOTHING gets done because everyone is shopping online. Have a great holiday and good luck when you do venture out.
Oct. 24, 2013 11:57 pm
Hello Doug, this isn't my blog. However, I did a search for the sign that Nordstroms has put up the past couple of years and found others took a notice too. The 2 malls by my home that separate the holidays are Stony Point and Short Pump Mall. They just happen to have some of my favorite stores. One of those stores is Nordstroms. Love their shoes and clothing accessories. Anyhow, here is the sign below that gets posted. It's rare to see, so I remembered.
Oct. 24, 2013 11:57 pm
Oct. 25, 2013 12:01 am
There are some people that are against holidays, which I don't fully understand. There are also companies that have to make profits, and compete with each other for holiday shoppers, so they do what's neccessary. My belief, is just based on my pure enjoyment for each month and that month's holiday activities. So, as yourself, I do what works for me.
Oct. 25, 2013 10:33 am
Hi Doug, A couple of weeks ago I had to go to Home Depot to purchase a plunger (don't ask) anyway, I wore my "Respect the Bird" t-shirt and stood in the middle of the huge display of Christmas trees - arms held high, I saluted Christmas in October with the plunger! I thought of you!
Oct. 26, 2013 10:06 pm
Argh, I have a girlfriend that just said Santa just pooped all over her house today, meaning she's begun her decorating. Her house will be fully engulfed in tinsel and holly by November 1st. My decorating begins right after Thanksgiving because it's a long weekend. Sadly, I've suffered empty nest syndrome, so perhaps I'll actually get the tree up this year. Baby steps!
Oct. 30, 2013 8:28 am
I am not against holidays- I am against what the media and stores have turned the holidays into- a "get-fest" as in "what am I going to get?" I do my best to ignore the red and green until after the day I gather together with my family to GIVE THANKS to God for all He has blessed us with. And we don't give tons of gifts (we try to make home made gifts and make lots of memories no matter what the holiday) so not only do I *not* shop on Thanksgiving- I do NOT shop on black Friday either. (shrugs shoulders) Fighting crowds of spend-crazy people trying to grab the last gizmo does not sound like a good time to me. RESPECT THE BIRD~ Oh, and I probably won't get my Christmas tree up until December 20th. Used to be many people did that and decorations were in place until Epiphany- in other words, thoughout the whole Twelve Days of Christmas. :)
Oct. 28, 2014 6:30 am
Hello Peps, so being a old here a turkey hint. cut the bird up raw and cook that way, it gets done in about 2 hours and no mess too clean up. My wife and sister just loved it when i had to work on turkey day.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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