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Wait Your Turn 
Nov. 10, 2011 9:14 pm 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2011 12:02 pm

This past week, I went shopping for a few Thanksgiving items for my newly transformed Dining Room. My first stop was Walgreens. I found remnants of Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes, but no Thanksgiving items. I found a store clerk and asked for directions to the Thanksgiving isle. She said sure, follow me. We walked up and down 3 or 4 isles and there next to the photo section was a cardboard stand with a few items; Happy Thanksgiving Cards, paper napkins and aluminum turkey pans. I said thank you and decided to try another store.

Next, I drove to Target. There I found 8 isles of Christmas decorations complete with 7 decorated trees, isles & isles of special purchase Christmas Gift Items  and all this while Christmas music was being piped throughout the store.  I found a clerk, asked the same question and was once again walked through the store. Apparently even the sales staff have trouble finding anything to do with Thanksgiving. We did eventually find an "end cap" of paper products near the cards and gift wrap. I left Target.

By now, it had become a challenge. I went to Fred Meyer, Kohls, and K-Mart. I even stopped at Home Depot. Christmas was present and accounted for in each store. And, sadly.... Thanksgiving was not. I am sorry to have to report that where I live, there is NO RESPECTING THE BIRD!!!

What I did find was this cartoon... How appropriate. Santa, Just Back Off and Wait Your Turn!

Cartoon - Wait Your Turn
Nov. 10, 2011 11:03 pm
I love it....that is just perfect and oh so true.
Nov. 10, 2011 11:27 pm
BBBAAAHHHAAAA That is hilarious! OMG!Heck, I have seen Santa brought out right after Labor Day at Costco! I agree, no respect. And just think of how much more respected it would be if Ben Frankklin got his way and we had the turkey as the national bird. Thanks for sharing a late night funny:)
Nov. 11, 2011 3:07 am
LOL! Cute cartoon and oh so true!
Nov. 11, 2011 3:57 am
lmao! yes, wait your turn indeed!
Nov. 11, 2011 3:57 am
Absolutely true! I believe the retailers would like to see Thanksgiving disposed of because it gets in the way of their yuletide greedy grab at our money. They were starting some xmas ads right after labor day and I found that to be sickening. I made note of them and promised myself to avoid trading with them or their affiliates. They call it "smart marketing". Not too smart if it chases me away! This is also a result of computer programs eliminating human common sense.
Nov. 11, 2011 4:46 am
Cute cartoon. I was in Walmart yesterday and they had all the Thanksgiving items on clearance already. Only a few things left...but tons of Christmas stuff out.
Nov. 11, 2011 6:55 am
I'm right there with you! I love christmas as much as the next person, but I do manage to wait till the Turkey is off the table to decorate... granted it is only one day after... it's still after!
Nov. 11, 2011 6:56 am
Amen! That really is sad about Thanksgiving because it is truly an American holiday. And the commercialism of Christmas is well just plain awful. After my dad died my Mom decided for Christmas she would do something totally different. She went to the thrift stores got what she called "white elephants" for presents and on her Christmas table for decoration she had hard candy and oranges. She said that was all they got after going to church when she was growing up. As for my white elephant present, I still have it and truly like it-a cat figurine. Good blog!
Nov. 11, 2011 6:57 am
Do you have a Hobby Lobby near you? I was in there the other day and there was tons of Thanksgiving stuff...
Nov. 11, 2011 7:07 am
Avon, thanks.... Santa keeps nudging the turkey right off the table. This little cartoon pretty much says it all, doesn't it!
Nov. 11, 2011 7:12 am
Hiya Miss PattyCakes, thank you for stopping in to comment. I just couldn't help myself. I'm a huge fan of Christmas. I'm also a huge fan of Thanksgiving. I'd just like to do them in calendar order.
Nov. 11, 2011 7:14 am
Yeah Gary, It cracked me up too! Thanks for popping in to read my tiny little rant!
Nov. 11, 2011 7:45 am
Thanksgiving is such an important day to me. Aside from being so integral to our history as a country and a people, the idea of taking the time aside for corporate gratitude to our Creator for his provision, it has not been successfully hi-jacked like Christmas has. So many kids think Christmas is about Santa now. :(
Nov. 11, 2011 10:55 am
That's hi-larious, and so true. I was with you at Fred Meyer where they had isle after isle of Christmas stuff and only one lonely end-cap of Thanksgiving decorations. Truly sad. I just have to say Thank you to Nordstroms. They do not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving!
Nov. 11, 2011 11:16 am
Mother Ann, it is SO true. And, the sad thing is - the merchants don't even try to disguise the fact that their by-passing one of this nation's most wonderful holidays.
Nov. 11, 2011 12:27 pm
I totally agree. Besides Hobby Lobby, you could also try a party store or some department stores if that's an option where you live. The best selection I've seen is at Hobby Lobby though.
Nov. 11, 2011 1:28 pm
You can never find anything when you're actually *looking* for it... Today, checking out at Wal-Mart in an express lane, right on the shelves where there's usually all kinds of junk like lip gloss, hand sanitizer, etc was TONS OF MARKED DOWN Fall decorations- fall leaves, pine cones, staghorn sumac, pumpkins, all packaged together like some box of Thanksgiving decorating perfection!!! Half price!!! Great find, but it urks the crud out of me that you can never find anything in the place it actually belongs. They used to have a whole aisle for seasonal markdowns. I'm sure they think the Fall season has come and gone because so many buy this stuff for September/October. Looking to use a coupon for Holiday themed Febreze candles? Not on the aisle with room fresheners/ room freshener candles, etc. No, you'll find them on an END CAP over by CRAFTS, across the aisle from shotgun shells, on the opposite side of the store, but you won't find them when you're looking for them. No, you'll hunt all the "logical" spots and then you'll find them the day after the darn coupon has *expired*... good grief.
Nov. 11, 2011 2:35 pm
Mike, I agree with you 100%. And, given that today is Veterans's Day, we should all take this "TIE-IN" to Thanksgiving to show our gratitude to the very ones who have made it possible to celebrate.
Nov. 11, 2011 2:36 pm
*Sherri* I don't live very close to a Walmart, but my friend told me the same thing. Oh Brother!!!
Nov. 11, 2011 2:37 pm
Hi Terry, thanks for your comments. I LOVE Christmas, but really????? Can't we all just wait?
Nov. 11, 2011 3:05 pm
LOL! Love the "cartoon"! Thanksgiving is our favorite around here too :)
Nov. 11, 2011 6:40 pm
Cat, I love your story about your Mama and the white elephants. We've totally forgotten what the holidays (all of them) are all about. When I was a kid, we'd wake up on Christmas morning to a big basket of apples and oranges and assorted nuts. We thought we were in hog heaven.
Nov. 11, 2011 6:43 pm
Hi nancypants, No. There are no Hobby Lobby's here in Oregon. I love that craft store too! So much to look at. You've made me jealous. Wish I could get some Thanksgiving items from there.
Nov. 11, 2011 6:51 pm
Petey, when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was THE Fall Holiday. A lot of emphasis was given about this country and the faith upon which it was founded. Somehow, somewhere along the way that's all been lost.
Nov. 11, 2011 7:00 pm
Christine NICU RN, I'm still looking for a tableclothe big enough for the dining room table. I wish Nordstrom's had a housewares department.
Nov. 11, 2011 7:17 pm
Candice, my Mom grew up in a small town just east of where I live now during the Depression so life was very different then but you know what I'm thinking? Ribbon candy, fruit and a nice meal shared with family, if you have it, or dear friends really can't be beat! :)(:
Nov. 12, 2011 4:41 am
Nice blog Candice. Hog heaven, hmmm..?? That sounds like a Midwest phrase! Good luck on your Thanksgiving treasure hunt. Christmas doesn't pop up in my house until after Thanksgiving.
Nov. 12, 2011 9:09 am
Hi Amanda, yes .... If only I could get to a Hobby Lobby! We do have a Michael's store about 1/2 hour from where I live. Maybe I'll try to get there this weekend. Thanks for the suggestion.
Nov. 12, 2011 9:13 am
goodfoodforursoul, I feel your pain. That's ALWAYS bothered me too. A few years ago, I gave up the hunt. I go straight for a store clerk if the item I'm looking for is not where I think it should be. Funny thing is though, half the time, the store clerk can't find it either. No logic is an under-statement for sure.
Nov. 12, 2011 9:15 am
LadySparkle, thank you so much for stopping in to read my blog. That cartoon IS funny, isn't it? I just couldn't help myself one bit. I hate to post.
Nov. 12, 2011 9:16 am
Cat, you are RIGHT! That is what it's all about! Our loved ones!!!! AMEN SISTAH!!!!
Nov. 12, 2011 9:19 am
Hi Magnolia Blossom, So glad you popped in! LOL!.... me thinks my Midwest roots are showing. My Dad used to say that all the time when he was happy about something. "I'm in Hog Heaven!"...... whatever and wherever that is.
Nov. 12, 2011 8:02 pm
Hey, Candice! Isn't this just the truth? We talked about you today at our SoCal gathering at Tom's Farms---ten of us---xraybarb, babyxray, Baking Nana, mauigirl, Noemi, Gabriela, TryingCakes, Laura, Angela (newbie), and me. All good stuff. Also about Avon and Ivon.
Nov. 13, 2011 9:15 am
Good Morning Marianne, thank you so much for stopping in to read my blog. I would have loved being their with my "OLD" AR friends and getting to meet some "NEW" ones.
Nov. 13, 2011 9:15 am
So, that's why my ears were burning yesterday! LOL!!!
Nov. 13, 2011 10:52 am
Ahem, I grew up on a farm with pigs. Hogs are in heaven when they have a good mud puddle to roll around in, a good pile of table scraps to chomp on, and some "hog slop" which is their grain feed mixed up with some water.
Nov. 13, 2011 4:26 pm
LOL MB, so that's what "HOG HEAVEN" is. I grew up on a Ranch with horses and chickens. We had a pig ONE time but I don't remember too much about it. However it seems like I do remember it rolling around in the mud alot.
Nov. 14, 2011 1:55 pm
Amen Sister! I remember growing up as a school age kid and we could not wait to make our Paper Turkeys and Thanksgiving decorations, listen and learn about the first Thanksgiving. Heck, as kids we would play act Pilgrims. I will never forget how apalled I was about 10 years ago when my daughter came home from school the day after Halloween with a Christmas Fund Raiser book. Thanks for giving us all a reality check!
Nov. 14, 2011 4:06 pm
Annisa, thank you so much for your contribution to the "rememberance" of Thanksgiving past! I wish we could turn the clock back a tad to those good ole' days.
Nov. 14, 2011 8:40 pm
Candice, I just logged in and saw your post. I had to comment as I too am insencened when retailers bring out Christmas in October almost right along with Halloween. I like Christmas as well as the next person but to tell the truth, I really look forward to Thanksgiving the most! It is truly an American Holiday to give thanks for the Pilgrims survival of the first winter in American and I feel it is also a time for real Thanksgiving from all of us who appreciate God's blessing on our country. I refuse to decorate or even think of Christmas until after Thanksgiving! I am also thankful for Christmas which celebrates the birth of Christ but that is forgotten by the retailers and a lot of the public also...Enough for my rant!!.....Ginny
Nov. 14, 2011 10:40 pm
I am referencing you to Ba'Nana's blog (= Tom's Farms gets bonus points for Thanksgiving items! I just loved the "A Time For Grace" hanging! [Grace is such an important, misunderstood, and lacking aspect of life!]
Nov. 14, 2011 10:43 pm
[Btw, don't know if I've told you - but, just like with mis7up's writing, I can hear your voice when I read your words =D]
Nov. 15, 2011 4:04 pm
Ginny, thank you ever so much for stopping in to read my rant, er ah um, I mean blog. You've hit the nail on the head my friend. By running the holidays together, the meaning gets lost. At our TG dinner table we still, one at a time, tell what we are thankful for. Curiously, almost always, most say,..... "the birth of Jesus" which ushers us all unamimously into thankfulness for Christmas.
Nov. 15, 2011 4:05 pm
Hello sweet Barb, thank you honey for stopping in to comment. I so missed you all this past Saturday. And, I am so happy you all got to see some TG items.
Nov. 15, 2011 4:06 pm
Oh, and BTW..... I've been told my voice is unique and that in a room of 1000 people, I could be picked out just by the sound of my voice.
Nov. 15, 2011 4:09 pm
Cat, OMG.... I went to Safeway last night on my way home from work and there in one of the center isles was some ribbon candy. I bought it just because you mentioned it and I saw it. LOL!!!!
Nov. 15, 2011 5:25 pm
The candy store in my town that makes their own candy canes also makes ribbon candy. NOTHING like store bought! You have no idea what good candy is, until you've been able to taste fresh, homemade candy canes or ribbon candy. I get to watch them make candy canes every year, and was really fascinated at how they would make the ribbon. I was so happy when I happened by one morning and caught them in the act! How fun!!!!! Love this family! They are wonderful people! Here is the link for the store: http://loganscandies.com/index.php
Nov. 20, 2011 8:50 am
What a fun website Barb.... thanks for sharing it.
Nov. 25, 2011 9:36 am
I think Mike Harvey nailed it. The Target here went straight to Christmas from Halloween. :(
Nov. 26, 2011 12:02 pm
Hiya shinesohard, thanks for stopping in to read my blog and commenting. I'm just so disgusted by it all. And, the "chick" that's doing the Target ad is about to get on my last nerve.
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