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I Fully Support Ignoring Thanksgiving

I love Christmas even more than Halloween. The tinsel, the presents, the lights, the joy, the mix of the material and the spiritual. The Caroling of Bells still brings me to tears. And so much red!  My favorite color!

Which brings me to this: I fully support ignoring Thanksgiving.  And yes, this is the first time that I have ever been at odds with Nordstrom.

nordstrom puts thanksgiving first photo
At Nordstrom, we won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 28. Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.

Well, Nordstrom, if we’re only picking one holiday at a time to celebrate, I chose Christmas as does the background of your SIGN.

Besides the one awesome meal and a bit of gratitude, I don’t understand how to even spend the month celebrating Thanksgiving. So far I’ve  seen Facebook statuses of gratitude, which I put a stop to last year, and Twitter trying to jazz up my stream with a #dayxofthanks to which I say: NO THANKS! I’M HAPPY ENOUGH PLANNING MY CHRISTMAS LIST.

What am I supposed to decorate with for Thanksgiving?  Putting up turkeys seems more Halloween to me — I mean, do I add eulogies the day after we eat?

turkey thinking about pie photo
Is he thinking about pie before or after he eats his brother?

The Pilgrim/Native American dinner just seems depressing since I know how the story ends, and I’m not ready to expose my children to that level of human horror stories.  As a matter of fact, when did Thanksgiving get so Halloween-y?

Look, I like celebrating things. My birthday lasts for a week and not just because my mom had a long labor. My kids have had at least two birthday parties every year and not just because my friends can’t get along. If Thanksgiving can’t step up and give me something to DO this month, I’m moving on to Christmas while finishing off my Halloween candy.

Why shouldn’t I put up my lights two months early?  I want to enjoy them in proportion to the huge pain in the butt it is to string lights over seven bushes and five trees with a single outlet without burning down the house. That is at minimum sixty days of enjoyment, and I don’t want to keep them up until Valentine’s Day this year.

Christmas Lights In A Tree on Valentines Day photo
Um, this is about when we got tired of taking down Christmas lights last year. Valentine’s Day was not amused.

We also own hundreds of Christmas tree ornaments, have two children below the age of six and three cats. For every ornament broken last year, I plan to play my Christmas music a day earlier than Thanksgiving this year, which is why I’m starting tomorrow. (It was a rough year.)

NY Giants Sand dollar ornament
Plus, who doesn’t want to look at a Sand Dollar New York Giants Football Helmet ornament for four months?

Facts are facts: Thanksgiving needs to provide garlic mashed potatoes all month long; otherwise, it’s FALALALALA for all of November and no eye-rolling at my red and green jumper and inflatable Santa is going to stop me.

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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

22 thoughts to “I Fully Support Ignoring Thanksgiving”

  1. I’m kind of envious that you have Thanksgiving as a “jumping off” point in the States. Because we have Thanksgiving in October, there’s no natural boundary between holiday season and not holiday season. I like putting up the outdoor lights in November because it’s such a dark month…but it really bothers me if shopping malls are playing Christmas music before November 11th.

  2. Look, facts are facts. And the fact is: I adore thanksgiving. That said, I don’t discriminate against Christmas decor even at thanksgiving. Stringing lights early just makes sense before it’s too cold. Plus, festive!

  3. Hahahahahaha! I normally would side with Nordstrom’s! But for some reason this year I have been chomping at the bit to put Christmas music on my pandodra and let it ride!!!!! I keep wanting to sneak out Christmas decorations and see if anyone notices. Hummmmm…maybe I will bust out my Harry Connick Jr. Christmas album out today. Tempting!!!!

  4. I hate this post.:) Because I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. But it shouldn’t stop you from celebrating Christmas – put your lights up, deck your halls, petition Light 98 to start their Christmas music on November 1. But stop for one day to enjoy the brown leaves, eat some turkey and pumpkin pie, and be thankful that Christmas is just around the corner!
    Plus I think the idea of setting a day aside to be thankful (sometimes the month if you are a facebook trend follower) prepares you to be extra generous at Christmas. If you aren’t thankful for what you have, you won’t help those who have very little.

  5. While I do not like it when I see Christmas items before Halloween (there has to be a lone, people!), I also despise Thanksgiving, and don’t think we should spend November celebrating the fact that indigenous peoples saved the Pilgrims’ butts, and then the Pilgrims turned around and attempted to execute a mass genocide. Giving thanks is great and all, but I do not need to see it every time I check Facebook. In other words, as a person who doesn’t even really celebrate Thanksgiving, and finds it somewhat morally objectionable (like Mount Rushmore) I am right there with you!

  6. I’m jump starting on Christmas early this year for the first time ever. Mostly because I host Thanksgiving and I don’t really like all the shopping/prep for the 15min dinner. Tinsel for all!

    1. I do like the 4-day weekend (although my husband is working 1/2 days on Friday and Saturday this year), and I like the food and the parade and the idea of being mindfully grateful, but I feel just as stressed figuring out where to go and what to cook and I don’t get any presents for it!

  7. How about this? We don’t do anything Christmas until December 6th? Why? Our children’s birthdays are December 4th & 5th and we committed to making those not butt up to Christmas, any more than they actually do already. So, December 6th we deck the halls and break out our Pandora list of Christmas music.

    As for Thanksgiving, I love it in Hawai’i because we have our turkey cooked in an imu- a traditional Hawaiian underground oven. So. Yummy.

  8. I feel the opposite- fall is my favorite season and I hate having part of it overshadowed by Christmas! Thanksgiving is an excuse to keep up all my fall decorations- including the ones from Halloween (my favorite holiday), which I usually don’t get around to putting up until October 30, and I want some time to enjoy them. Christmas shouldn’t take up 2 months of the year, and I like the fall holidays better!

    I totally agree that the way Thanksgiving started, as well as the “Pilgrims and Indians” focus in schools, is horribly upsetting- but I like to just celebrate the idea of being thankful and enjoying good food.

    But what I really love is that November 28 is a Monday this year. The Friday after Thanksgiving is November 25. Way to go, Nordstrom!

  9. Why stop there?! ~ I vote for skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then I can just give my kids their gifts as I buy them, and bypass the crazy family drama that builds up to an implosion on the last week of each month.

  10. i love thanksgiving too much to skip it. but then i love any foodcentric holiday, and christmas is just for cookies in my mind.

    plus, my family actually has an unwritten rule to try to get along for thanksgiving, as opposed to christmas, which always turns into a “who got their kid the best gift” competition.

    1. So true! Christmas is always such a competition of who can buy the most or the best of whatever is the hottest item of the year. We have decided to irritate the entire family and boycott it this year and go camping instead. (well cabin camping)

  11. Meh I’m in agreement with Nordstroms on this one lol. Probably because I live in Central California and we really don’t have seasons…we have hot and cold. So the month of November is the month that we pretend we have a fall. It’s hard to celebrate fall when its 80 degrees outside and people are still in shorts. I decorate with fall colors (you know the ones we don’t have outside) brown, reds, and orange…and lots and lots of leaves. I’ve got a banner I made up that says “Welcome Fall” and we do lots of leaf crafts with the boys. (Again keeping the dream alive that one day they will get to experience seasons other than on Sprout) We begin the Yule season in December and all the colors get changed over to white, red, gold, and teal (this years toss in)…and lots of evergreen. (another thing we pretend to have)

    1. I am from California and I am with you. Maybe since Nordstrom is a west coast company it understands.
      Personally, I like to wait until after Thanksgiving because I feel like Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year. There has to be a point when the other holidays stand up for themselves. 🙂

  12. My family usually celebrates turkey day, although I have stopped being invited on my dad’s side because his current wife and I don’t get along any more. Well so this year my mom turned 70 and is taking my brother and I to Nicaragua. I’m not sure if they even have turkeys there!

  13. Seriously. Christmas lights ARE a pain in the ass to string around the rooftop and trees and mechanical deer on the grass. (Yes. We have those.)

    I say let’s leave them up all year long. The lights AND the deer.
    We don’t have to actually USE them. But. (Why not?)

    Because after reading this post, I’m feeling kind of “Buddy the Elf, What’s your favorite color?” right now.

    And that’s never a bad thing. Mostly.

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