It was a simple task really; find themed plates and napkins for the preschool’s Thanksgiving feast. I signed up for this in early November- almost two weeks before Thanksgiving. I looked everywhere from craft stores, to grocery stores to dollar stores and I found exactly zero Thanksgiving themed plates. What I did find, I am sure you can guess, were Christmas plates, Menorah napkins, and holly berry tablecloths. You name it, if Santa and his eight reindeer or their snowmen friends were on it then it was available for purchase at any store I wanted.
Now, I’m not going to complain about the Holiday Decorations being out too early or even being in every store-whether they make sense or not (who needs Santa hats where you buy your bra?). No, that would be way too overdone. And to be quite honest, I’m alright with it. I worked in retail forever and I am in sales now. I understand that the earlier you get people excited about gift giving, the quicker they’ll spend their money in your store. Also, on a less-cynical note, I sometimes don’t mind the warm and cozy feeling that comes when you walk into a place that has fake snow and the scent of clove in the air.
Next year I’ll just remember to shop for my turkey plates around the Fourth of July.
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