Okay, today’s post comes with a warning. If you are one of those people that already has your Christmas decorations up. If you are counting down the days until Black Friday. If you’re thrilled that stores are now starting to open on Thursday evening. Then this post may not be something you want to read!!!

I’m sorry, but I have to rant for a little bit.

First let me say, I love Christmas, really I do! It’s the time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and there is peace and goodwill on Earth. I love Christmas decorations and giving gifts and cookies (m-m-m, cookies!)

But I also love Thanksgiving! And I really feel that a holiday I love is getting the short end of the stick!

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I was in a local big box store this week and there were clerks busily filling the shelves with MORE Christmas “things” Mind you there has been a display of Christmas items since the end of September – SEPTEMBER!!!! – but they were putting out MORE!!!! And over on one section of shelving were the last of the Thanksgiving decorations – already marked down by 70%.

Seriously!?!

I may be wrong about this, but most holiday items don’t get marked down until the day AFTER the holiday. And here were the poor Thanksgiving items being pushed aside by Christmas before Thanksgiving has even happened.

Come on people! Can’t we please celebrate one holiday before we concentrate on another? And REALLY, do we need to go out on Thanksgiving evening so that big businesses can raise their profit margin? REALLY!?!

I, for one, have absolutely no intention of going shopping on Thanksgiving. And I very seldom go out on Black Friday – I’ve done it in the past, but I just hate the crowds and frenzy, so I don’t plan to do it anymore. It’s my own personal boycott. I’d love to see everyone join me because the commercialization of Christmas has gotten way out of hand.

To ruin Thanksgiving for so many people is just wrong. Does anyone consider that there are sales clerks that would prefer to be at home with their loved ones, but now have to cut short their Thanksgiving celebration to go to work so that rabid shoppers can get a head start on their Christmas shopping? All for minimum wage, because I doubt that they are going to get overtime pay or any other extra compensation.

And before you go all crazy on me, yes there are other people that have to work on holidays, like police officers, firemen, doctors, soldiers, etc. But I’m pretty sure that they aren’t out there making a profit for big business – they are working to protect the citizens of our country. Not really a good comparison, if you ask me!!

Well, now that my blood pressure has gone up a few too many points, I’m going to get off my soapbox. I’m not going to force anyone to stay at home and celebrate Thanksgiving. But as for me and my house (to paraphrase a popular verse) we will serve the turkey!!!

Peace