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Poll: Has Christmas Hijacked Thanksgiving?

Santa is making appearances at malls before we've eaten our turkeys - But how early is too early? Take our poll.

No holiday excites me more than Thanksgiving. Not only do I get to tell loved ones why they matter to me, but it is the day to enjoy the fruits, vegetables, meats and flour-based baked goods of the earth.

But, who am I kidding? I value it mostly for being the day I eat the best and most fulfilling meal of the year. 

I've been thinking, and lately I feel that each and every year Christmas is eclipsing this important holiday that I hold so dear to my ... well, stomach.

Witnessing Santa Claus arrive at early Thursday morning left me feeling oddly divided.

While I think its great that kids have Christmas to look forward to, the retail push for earlier cash-flow and profit is really making me feel like Thanksgiving is being shunted to the side.

All I ask is that we wait until Black Friday to start the holiday rush; is that too much?

So, how do you feel? Has Christmas officially hijacked Thanksgiving or is this Patch Editor being a bit of a grinch?

Keiva Hummel November 16, 2011 at 08:27 PM
I agree. The holiday push seems to come earlier every year. The glitz and awe of Christmas decor and tradition is definitely encroaching on the day we are told to give the most thanks. Thanksgiving day is the day when we are to appreciate, so holding off on moving on to the next holiday would be nice. Oh and it is just down right upsetting to have Christmas decor in Target next to the Halloween stuff, back in October. Haha.
Joe Parkmoor September 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I'm OK with Christmas Season starting on Black Friday, but Black Friday shouldn't begin until the normal start of the business day, e.g. 8:00 or 9:00 AM. It's ridiculous that people who work in retail should have start work before dawn the day after a big holiday. It's even worse now that some stores open on Thanksgiving evening. This is robbing many people of their holiday.

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