11.19.2007

Good Grief! What Happened to Thanksgiving?

I love harvest decor and the Thanksgiving holiday. When I see cans of Libby pumpkin, canned milk, and little jars of Kraft cheese waiting on display shelves at the grocery store I am taken back to childhood preparations for Thanksgiving. Because of the food associated with Thanksgiving the holiday does still exists in grocery stores.

What happened to the other very large discount one-stop-shopping stores? One day we were tripping over Halloween candy, costumes, and pumpkins with steam coming out of the tops and then out came the Christmas stuff. How did we go from Star Wars costumes to Santas that dance when you walk by? Good grief! I waited too long to shop for Thanksgiving. All I wanted was a table runner that had a fall motif. What I found were candy canes, snowflakes, and things that sing Christmas songs as you walk down the aisle.

When did this happen? I used to love to look at the cute turkeys that could be placed on the table for dinner. I loved the fall colors in napkins and candles. One year I know I found place mats in harvest colors. I found one clearance shelf last week with leaf place mats and finally stumbled on a shelf of turkey paper plates hidden between holiday food and Santa displays. Perhaps the harvest decor was so popular it sold out quickly? Where are the pilgrim candle holders? What about the cornucopias? Grrrr!
Now don't get me wrong. I love Christmas and decorating and all the preparations. Just not the third week of November.

I will return to do some last minute Thanksgiving shopping tomorrow. I will look for a fall bouquet, fresh cranberries, and apple cider. I just hope none of them are already adorned with glittery red and green wrapping. Just give me a brown label, an orange bow, or golden ribbon. Remember Thanksgiving...that holiday some stores keep forgetting. We have much to be thankful for. Gobble, gobble, gobble.

7 comments :

  1. I couldn't find any TG decor yesterday either.

    It must have been out at Easter

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  2. Oh how I would love to be in the states for Fanks Giving.....

    x

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  3. It's sad, isn't it? They give you about three days to snatch up any Thanksgiving decor before the Christmas stuff takes over. I guess you have to get what you can and squirrel it away for next year.

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  4. You're so right! Thanksgiving doesn't seem to exist from a retail perspective. I took my son Caleb into Target on Halloween day in his tiger costume, only to find that they had already switched the lobby decor (all that stuff hanging from the ceiling and around the registers) over to Christmas! Caleb said, "Hey, mom! It's Christmas in here!" I couldn't argue.

    I hope you find the cute fall things you're looking for! :D

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  5. I found the same thing this year. I wanted somthing fall-ish for a gift and couldn't find a thing. I had to put together a do it yourself basket with pumpkin coffee and a pumpkin spice candle.

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  6. You're absolutely right. I love Thanksgiving, but some of the stores in my town were putting up their Christmas displays before Halloween!

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  7. Thanks for your comments. Happy Thanskgiving to all of you!

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