This morning I saw on TV some people were camping out to be the first in line when an electronics store opens up Thanksgiving night. They said they were not missing out on family time because they brought their entire family to camp out in front of the
big box store with them for 5 days, and some for even 10 days!! That's definitely not like the family camping trips I remember.
Is it really worth it to save a few bucks on the latest and greatest i-whatever that will be out-of-date 6 months from now? Is it worth risking getting sick camping out in the cold and rain or getting trampled by other shoppers in a frenzy for that ONE
giant screen TV that is on sale for $50?
What happened to "Be Thankful For What We have?"
Christmas keeps creeping up earlier and earlier overshadowing Thanksgiving. A few years back in mid-September 2008 when we evacuated for Hurricane Ike, we went to Dillards to buy some clothes. The store was already putting up Christmas trees and decorations
This year some popular local shopping centers and surrounding streets in Houston put up Christmas lights and started playing Christmas music the weekend before Halloween! That is too early! Even our mayor commented about how it was too early for Christmas
lights and received quite a backlash from the local business community.
What happened to Thanksgiving? What happened to being thankful for what we have? What happened to taking one holiday at a time? Where's the respect? It's time to Respect the Bird!!!
What is Respect the Bird? It is a movement to take back Thanksgiving.
Doug Matthews tells us in this video:
"After all, from the very beginning Thanksgiving has been an American holiday about being thankful about what we have—the big things in life, family, friendships, memories, good health—not about
crazy stuff on sale. Lets enjoy Thanksgiving instead of letting Christmas Occupy Thanksgiving."- Doug Matthews, Allrecipes.com Community Member and Leader of the Respect the Bird movement
What can we do?
Secondly, give thanks for what you have on Thanksgiving! Why not enjoy a meal with family and friends instead of camping out in the cold and rain waiting for a bargain you may not get.
Next, instead of celebrating Black Friday and getting trampled in a big box store for one of only 4 TVs on sale, spend some time with family and kids in the kitchen and celebrate Bake Friday! You can make some great memories as well as some tasty
treats. Then the baked goods can be given as Christmas gifts! They are always appreciated and won't break the bank.
Lastly, After Thanksgiving and Bake Friday, support businesses that Respect the Bird and do NOT open on Thanksgiving! Vote with your dollars!
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be overwhelming. Here are some tasty and easy recipes to help you have the Best Thanksgiving Ever!
Moist and Savory Stuffing
Swanson Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Campbell's Green Casserole
Here are some delicious recipes I tried and liked and recommend trying on Bake Friday! They also make great gifts.
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
In case all those gorgeous food pictures distracted you, please remember to:
1) Give Thanks for everything you have
3) Celebrate Bake Friday instead of Black Friday!
4) Support those businesses who do Respect the Bird!
I'd like to hear how you are going to Respect the Bird and celebrate Thanksgiving this year! Are you celebrating Bake Friday?
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