Saturday, November 15, 2014

Why are we neglecting dipping into pockets at Thanksgiving time?

It is just a bit sad that Thanksgiving is becoming the forgotten holiday.

I went to the Gardeners' Supply today and it was a Christmas wonderland.  At the drugstore,  Christmas items shared the better part of an aisle that also included a few shelves worth of Halloween markdowns.

Grocery stores are mentioning Thanksgiving--sales on turkeys and cranberries and pumpkin pie spice.  Otherwise, what is wrong with the entrepreneurial spirit of our country that we have not yet thought of a way to exploit this day of family gathering and gratitude for commercial gain?  Black Friday is as close as we can come?

Come on corporate America!  I have faith in you.

13 comments:

  1. There's a fortune to be made by somebody who invents a Thanksgiving tradition.
    Not a tree, not a bush . . . maybe oversize displaying turkey tailfeather fans on which we all could hang decorations. We'd have to buy the tails and the decorations.

    Okay. Not an entrepreneur here, but still. There IS a fortune to be made there somewhere.

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  2. Retailers have little to offer in the way of profit-making for themselves at Thanksgiving. Besides food, kitchen ware, linens, or decorations, TG isn't a money-making holiday for this capitalistic society. I don't care -- I love it. Being with family and friends, cooking and baking, thinking about my blessings, and not getting involved with all the sales and shopping hoopla -- that's my kind of holiday!

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  3. Muffie is right -- the grocery store is the only one to make money on Thanksgiving! I think it is my favorite holiday - good food, family and leftovers!

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  4. Oh, Olga, me thinks you are a bit cynical today. :-)
    What's even worse for capitalism is that we can use the same decorations for Thanksgiving that we used for Halloween, at least if we didn't carve that pumpkin.

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  5. May the retailers leave Thanksgiving alone forever.

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  6. I keep forgetting yours is coming up. Christmas is in all our stores now.

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  7. Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday, so I really don't care if stores are displaying Christmas goodies.

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  8. We have not yet found a way to exploit Thanksgiving. You absolutely have put into crisp words what the real issue is. Christmas is not a Christian holiday ... it is a day that commerce can exploit!

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  9. Thanksgiving is still an important holiday, even if retailers and consumers can't conspire to cash in on it.

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  10. Thanksgiving, isn't that Black Friday Eve? Anymore you can go to Black Friday services at the cathedrals of consumption starting 6 PM on Black Friday Eve.

    Who has time for giving thanks when there are bargains to be had, and who gives a damn if the employees have to work on Thanksgiving?

    The Chinese tried capitalize on Thanksgiving. My wife bought a bag full of Thanksgiving decorations made in China at one of the paper stores. One was a turkey and it had 4 drumsticks on it. Well back to the drawing board on that one.

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  11. We have our Thanksgiving earlier but you're right there isn't nearly as much "stuff". Something to be thankful for!

    The retailers started bringing out the Christmas stuff in September right after the school supplies moved off the shelves. But at least the Christmas hasn't started yet. My son works retail in electronics and he's working an extra shift today as they start getting ready for their busiest season.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  12. What I like about Thanksgiving is it represents food, family, sharing and caring, but not with gifts or lots of expense. A meal one looks forward to all year, watching football or playing family games, visiting with people we love. Togetherness, that is what it is. As for stores with Christmas out before Thanksgiving gets here ... it doesn't bother me.

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  13. Perhaps it is the best of all the Holidays because of the lack of commercialism. This is our holiday-- not to be tainted by tacky displays and promos. Well there is that Black Friday thing but I ignore that.

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