Thursday, November 01, 2012

Thanksgiving Comes FIRST

We here at EIP join Sisyphus every year in his rock-rolling exercise, mainly coz (a) we believe and (b) because we ARE curmudgeonly in our old age.  So herewith the UCR post in this space:

The Annual Tilting At Windmills Post

We've run this post every year for three four years, mainly because it's sumthin' we REALLY DO believe in:  Thanksgiving comes first.  Without further ado...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

No Cause Is Truly Lost

It's that time o' year.  The time when we ring up Mr. Panza and beseech him to help us in our annual tilt against the windmills of commercialism.  Well, it's more like me being ol' Sancho to Jim's Don Q (ed: link updated for 2011 2012).  But... lost or not... I'm all FOR what Jim is selling. Here's what I said last year and the year before: 

Blog-Bud Jim, aka Suldog, has launched his second annual “Thanksgiving Comes First!” campaign… and has asked those of us who agree with him… and who are the proprietors of blogs… to join the campaign. Well, I can’t think of anyone who actually approves of seeing Christmas sales, Christmas advertising, Christmas-this, or Christmas-that, before Thanksgiving has come and gone. NO ONE… period, end of report, full-stop (ed:  It has since come to my attention that I'm wrong here.  There IS one person I'm aware of, and only ONE.). I’m quite sure even the employees and management of those businesses who launch Christmas before Thanksgiving is even here have a distaste for the project at hand. I mean… how could you NOT?

So. I’m on board with this. I hope you are, too. Jim has great narrative reasons and not a few rants on the subject at the link above and here, as well. Do go read.
The links in the quoted bits above are older.  Jim has updated his original post and added thoughts at my link in the first graf.  Won't you help us?
As noted in my parenthetical comment in the first graf of my repost, Jim has updated his post for 2011.  And there is progress in this space... companies DO respond when their customers tell them things.  See?
I stole that from Jim, of course.  Thank you, Nordstrom's!  Now if we could just get EVERY retailer to go along...
Most o' Jim's readers join him in this effort... won't YOU join, too?


  1. Where do I sign up? We were at Walmart yesterday and many aisles were jammed with clerks setting up displays of Christmas items, wrapping paper, ribbons, those single box gifts of Old Spice, etc. At Home Depot earlier this week, we had to enter the store through a forest of Christmas trees. We were not pleased.

    Thanks for the link also. Suldog has a great blog.

    1. Yeah... it's started here, too. And on the damned teevee, as well. This phenomenon REALLY brings out the Scrooge in me.

  2. Oh Mannnnnn!With you ALL THE WAY on the Christmas pre Turkey Day bit, Buck. Whatever happened to the "Over the hill to Grandma's house we will go" T-Day songs? And store-front decorations. Used to be all over the place growing up in the 50s, now? Do they still put up decorations in grade schoools or is that now known as the celebration of the beginnings of un-PC "White European hegonomic colonialization and dominance?" I'm afraid to look at a 2nd grade classroom... any teachers out there or anyone with young kids in school? What's the status of the Pilgrims these PC days?

    1. I haven't been in an elementary school for YEARS but I suspect you're right, Virg. We've lost a lot in this space.

  3. Thank you, my friend. As with all Thanksgiving Comes First posts, yours will receive a link at The Facebook page (as a matter of fact, I already put it there) and also a link in my follow-up posting next week.

    The Facebook page, for those interested, is at

    Stop by, "like" the cause, click onto links for what others have written, and maybe be inspired to join in!

    1. FB actually let me see the whole page, strangely enough, and you've done good work there. Usually the bastards will tell you to join if you wanna see the content.

  4. Count me in Buck. My post regarding this fine holiday and when it should be celebrated is available at Not that I'm pimping my blog or anything. No, no, I wouldn't do that. (Well, yes I would.)


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