Friday, October 10, 2008
As promised, here are the links to your brothers and sisters who have joined the fight. They're trying to help keep Christmas advertising, schlock merchandise, and way-too-early music from overrunning the previously scheduled celebration of Thanksgiving (as well as Veterans Day, Halloween, and maybe your birthday, if it falls in October or November.)
Before I give out the links, though, please consider the following, one of the comments from this year's original post:
"I was in CVS last Friday night, looking for some of those mallowcreme pumpkin candies that they have out at Halloween time. I went up and down the seasonal aisles several times because I just couldn't find them. However, I was able to find several displays of Christmas wrapping paper, bows, and assorted Christmas decorations. I was more than a little upset, to put it mildly."
This is the sort of comment consistently left by folks who have read my blog (and yours, if you've done one.) Obviously, we've struck a chord. And God bless the good folks who have left their comments. The thing is, though, that just being mad accomplishes nothing. What has to happen, for anything positive to come from this, is for you and I to say something to the folks at the store, or the mall, or the radio station, or whatever other place/thing offended us.
If you're not the type to ask for the manager (so that you can tell him/her that you're leaving the damn store and won't return unless the Christmas paper goes back into the stockroom until after Thanksgiving) then write a letter to the corporate headquarters. Do something, in any case. Even if it seems to have no immediate effect, it might later when they've received a whole bunch of letters or calls.
End of sermon.
Here's proof that we're doing the right thing - Universal Hub. And here's the original posting from that great site.
And here are your individual posts. God bless you all!
First post of the year came from Teresa at Technicalities
Then, the lovely Sarah from Que Sarah Sarah
Nana Net, from Check-N-Out Life
Prudence, from Prudence Ponder, who says she has sold out. Boo! Shame on you, Prudence!
Aside from posting the "Thanksgiving Comes First" logo, there are lots of great Wonder Woman shots over at House Of Eratosthenes. Thanks, Morgan!
My good buddy, Buck, from Exile In Portales.
Kris, at Reflections By Kris.
Thimbelle has written one of my all-time favorite TCF posts at Creeping Towards Normal.
Philmon, at The Clue Batting Cage.
Michelle (my darker gray friend, as I am her lighter gray friend) at The Surly Writer.
Heidi, at Heidi's Moments. And, again at Heidi's Photos.
Dusty Lens (who was pissed about this even before me last year - poor guy!) has promised another piece. When it is published, I'll insert the link here.
Janet, at Adventures In The 32-Aker Wood (who really seems to enjoy using parentheticals almost as much as I do.)
Laurie, at Soldiers' Angels New York (which appears to be a very nice blog in and of itself, as these people try to make soldiers lives a bit more comfy.)
Blogger's Delight picked up my Cousin David's piece from last year.
Apparently, we are creating a buzz. That's all I can infer from the fact that BuzzTracker is tracking us! Woo-Hoo!
In the same vein, BlogNetNews has picked up on it.
Please visit them and share the love.
You'll notice that there are links to 18 sites here. I get approximately 200 visitors a day (I still have trouble digesting the fact that 200 of you have nothing better to do, but I digress.) Anyway, what this means is that 9% of my wonderful readers decided to pass the word along. I hope at least as many of your wonderful readers do the same.
Not bad. It could be better.
If you haven't done a "Thanksgiving Comes First" post of your own, now is as good a time as any. If nothing else, it will make you feel wonderfully self-righteous. Then, when other people are complaining about Santa being at the local mall come Halloween, you can say, "Hey! I tried! What about you, Mister Bitch-But-Do-Nothing-About-It?" And then give him a dope slap.
(That last part is optional, of course.)
Thank you, all. I'll do another compilation of postings in a couple of weeks. For now, MY WIFE and I are off to enjoy our staycation (and thank you, again, for all of the wonderful suggestions concerning that.) I'll be back on Monday the 20th.
Until then, keep the faith and God bless.
Soon, with more better stuff.