Not yet Thanksgiving, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

Thanksgiving is still a week away, but you wouldn’t guess it around here.

The television stations are preempting shows we like with sappy Christmas specials, many of which are decades old.

Meanwhile, around the valley, the nurseries and grocery stores are displaying wreaths, baskets and miniature Christmas trees. Yes indeed, the merchants are gearing up for what they hope will be the annual spending orgy.

Typically, the stores in this area wait until just after Thanksgiving to start selling Christmas. But there’s a recession, in case you somehow missed it. Most folks around here are broke, so I guess the local shops believe we need extra time to get serious about spending money we don’t have.

These photographs were taken today at the local grocery store. It’s only the leading edge. There’s a lot more to come.


8 thoughts on “Not yet Thanksgiving, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

  1. I’ve got news for the stores, don’t look for me doing any Christmas shopping. I plan on keeping my pantry somewhat stocked and something other than a Britta water pitcher in my fridge. Last year I gave my senior group at McDonald’s 35 8″x10″ & 8″x12″ glossy prints of my best zoo shots. This year they may get an electronically sent custom Christmas card, maybe.

    This was a bad year for me financially and I don’t see it getting any better in the future. Prices are rising on everything. I just requested a refund on my Zoo membership because they’re tacking on parking fees every time I visit. It’s my only form of protest available.

    Retail is trying to cram the new shopping season down our throats. They plan to start Thanksgiving Day to extend the shopping season. If you shop on Thursday you are killing Thanksgiving for tens of thousands of workers forced to be there waiting on you rather than enjoying the holiday with their family. They won’t have a choice, you do. Nip this in the bud NOW!


  2. Bob, you’ve summed this up pretty well. Retail is the monster that cannot ever be satiated. We’re in the same position financially so the gift giving dilemma actually becomes easy to resolve. I used to send out DOZENS of Christmas cards every year – many to people I barely knew. It was a family and then professional tradition. Now I’m down to maybe half a dozen — immediate family and a friend or two. I get a number of E-Cards. I’ve now taken to using them in some cases. They started running the Christmas movies and specials in late September — even before the regular baseball season ended. Maybe it’s a generational thing — but the holidays just don’t seem the same anymore.


  3. Christmas decor started emerging before Halloween even commenced! Thanksgiving is somewhat overshadowed with Christmas being pushed to the forefront. Everything is so commercialized it takes the joy and true meaning out of the season. Me…shopping is totally out of the question…it is just money for money and most of the items purchased are not needed anyway. I hate to sound cynical but it is just not the same as I remember when growing up in the 60s.


    • Ditto. I got Garry a sweatshirt he wanted. I got me one too. He can wrap mine up and put it under the tree; I bought it anyhow, so he won’t have to. As for the kids? I don’t know if I can afford to give them more than free rent and utilities … we’re barely making ends meet; there’s no spare money. We’ll have to settle for love and kisses.


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