Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Annual Windmill Tilt, or, Thanksgiving Comes FIRST

Some might say I'm late to the party this year (and some would be correct, in nearly ALL cases of parties NOT involving alcohol) but I wanted to wait until some clue-free merchant fired a Christmas shot across my bow.  Well, that happened last evening while I was watching the hockey game and it disgusted me, as it always does.  Thanksgiving is still two weeks away and already the fat old man in the red suit and his many clones are urging me to buy, buy, buy.  That's just wrong and the premature launch of the shopping orgy rubs a lot o' people the wrong way.  Blog-Bud Jim takes this situation personally and he's fostered a Thanksgiving Comes First movement, leading the charge against corporate greed for several years now.  We support Jim's efforts, so herewith our annual post: Thanksgiving Comes FIRST.

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 2013).  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?
My last sentence still applies.


  1. Damn, Buck, I love how all of the intros just fold into each other like some sort of insane Thanksgiving Citizen Kane prologue.

    Thank you, my friend.


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