Respect the Turkey!

Be warned people I am about to get on a soap box.  Let me tell you what really grinds my gears….the fact that Christmas starts 5 second after Halloween.  Anyone who knows me in real life will tell you that it enrages me that people have no respect for the turkey.  Recognize that when I say “respect the turkey”, I mean acknowledge Thanksgiving and what it really means.


Lets think about this for a hot second.  We dress up kids and send them door to door and asking for candy (don’t get me wrong I love Halloween!!), then BAM we immediately start talking about Christmas and what they want to get again.  People, we are skipping the importance of what the holiday season is about….giving thanks, helping people, reaching out to those who need it.  It shouldn’t be about getting stuff, trampling each other in the stores for the best deals, or going bat shit crazy to save 13 cents.

I am pretty vocal about my “Respect the Turkey” campaign.  One of the gym people called me last week and said that they were in a store and her little girl (who is 6 and amazing) looked at all the Christmas stuff and asked her “Mom, why don’t people love Thanksgiving?”.  That my friends is what I am talkin’ about!  Love you some Thanksgiving!

I can not stand when the stores put up their Christmas stuff 23 seconds after Halloween is over — know what I do?  Avoid them as best I can.  Call me a scrooge but lets take this one holiday at a time.  Last week the salvation army people were everywhere, in Santa hats, saying “Merry Christmas”….wtf?!  I get it they are trying to do good things (politics out of it); but it made me want to take their bell and beat them over the head with it.

Don’t rush life.  Slow down.  Give thanks (not the bullshit “I am thankful for….” shove some turkey in your pie hole, and fall asleep on the couch thanks; real thanks.  Sit and appreciate what you already have not what you might get next month).  It makes me want to throw my wine glass through the TV every commercial I see about Christmas shopping.  Seriously people, settle the hell down.


Its our fault the stores are opening on Thanksgiving….if you go they are gonna open.  You spend what 3 days a year with your family?  And now you are going to run out and shop?  Settle down!  Respect the turkey.  Develop some traditions.  Teach your kids that its not about what they get, but what they can give.  Families can make you crazy but it is what they do.  Suck up the day and spend it with them.


I don’t do black Friday…never have…never will.  I don’t like shopping as it is; I have no desire to be run down by crazy people.  Know what I do?  Cyber Monday!  Know why?  Its after Thanksgiving and then I can think about Christmas.

Our thanksgiving traditions are pretty badass and what I hope we do for a long time.  When we have kids I hope we continue to do them and they learn to respect the turkey (lets be real, they stand little chance of not respecting the turkey growing up with me).  Hubs and I come to the beach for the week.  Its real expensive to fly back home for both holidays so we spend the money on renting a house.  We invite everyone and anyone who wants to come (we’ve always done Friendsgiving before we started coming to the beach).  I still cook dinner every night, we eat well, we hang out, enjoy each others company.  Yes, we bring the dog and the cat.  They are part of the family too.  We take naps, drink too much coffee, wine, and scotch.  We watch movies, workout, and just relax.  Thanksgiving morning we get up early, make breakfast, and watch the parade.  This is the first sight of Santa for me and that is okay.  After the parade we cook full paleo thanksgiving dinner.  I do all the sides and desserts and hubs deep fry’s a turkey on the beach.  Then we eat.  Its always amazing, and peaceful, and we don’t feel like junk afterwards because its generally pretty good for you still.  Thanksgiving night to welcome the Christmas season we watch elf.  Its always on tv and my favorite (when the time is right).  Don’t worry we call our families in Boston (and are sure to bring up the fact we are at the beach and they should come next year).

What do you do for Thanksgiving?  Is it a small group or the whole gang?  What cool traditions do you have?  What ones do you want to start?



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One response to “Respect the Turkey!

  1. In a sense, I totally understand your frustration. In some ways, I agree. However… here’s my 2 cents and a little piece of the other side of the coin. I manage a retail store. I go through the daily routine of struggling to come close to my sales budgets post-back-2-school. Do my best to keep my staff motivated with the dribble of sales through October and then when the jack-o-lanterns are put away, we start the process of gearing our store and customers up for the Christmas season. Once the holiday shopping season begins, a new feeling of life surfaces in the store. Budgets are actually within reach, staff motivation and spirits are up. It’s not an effort to disrespect the turkey, trust me! mmmmm turkey…. but the retail game is not an easy one! and the like will be the death of retail one day, then the need for big boxing day/black friday sales will be no longer and I’ll be looking for a new career 😉 So for now, Happy Halloween, Merry Christmas! Is just a way of life for some. For the fact that today I still have a job, I am THANKFUL.

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