Thursday, November 24, 2011

Respect the Bird Love – 3.0

We've had some great grassroots appreciation for Thanksgiving and Respect the Bird! Check out the newest amazing quotes, comments, and media stories from Thanksgiving fans about Respect the Bird!

News Coverage
CBS The Early Show - Black Friday starts on Black Thursday now. We've had a lot of folks
who are upset about  that. You can like Respect the Bird!

WHEC NBC - Turkey day is just a few days away and 66 percent of hosts say they plan on making the meal from scratch.

Washington Post with video - Stores that once closed their doors in deference to the holiday are now touting Turkey Day deals starting as early as 9 p.m.

SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle - How do you relax when you know you're heading out the door at 10 p.m. or so to go to work, and work all night long?" she said.

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Experts and even some retailers admit that the tactics don't really boost sales and profits the way television footage and newspaper photos of mobs bursting through doors suggest they do. The over-the-top retail frenzy is more defensive in nature.

Chicago Parent - From that came respectthebird.com, where over 3,000 people so far have taken a pledge to not shop or decorate their houses or buy a tree or indulge in any other Christmas tradition until Thanksgiving is over.

TechFlash - Some shoppers told The New York Times that they’re fed up with waking up early to find stores full of people and out-of-stock on the best deals.

Mother Nature Network - It's only when things creep earlier does the whole season whip into a frenzy that somehow can't be contained in one month.

OnlyKent - You might want to begin looking at some Thanksgiving recipes now and we have rounded up some of the very best Thanksgiving recipe selections to help make your day go smoothly.

From Bloggers
MomTrends - After all, from the very beginning Thanksgiving has been an American holiday about being thankful about what we have—the big things in life, family, friendships, memories, good health—not about crazy stuff on sale.

An Open Cookbook - So I am dedicating this posting to the Respect The Bird campaign by making a list of what I am thankful for....and also giving you a nice light soup recipe you can make this week before T-day.

Ecofrugal Living - However, Christmas creep is a particularly egregious example because it means that another perfectly good holiday, Thanksgiving, gets glossed over as if it didn't count.

KirstinPotPie - Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as anybody, but this year I have made a pledge to Respect the Bird.

Behind The Shades - I have never gone shopping on Black Friday and I don’t intend to go shopping on “Black Thursday” this year either (looking at you Toys R Us & Walmart).

The 7up Experience - It's November. A month with 2 special Holidays....Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. Both separate but both meaningful and honorable days for the month of November.

The Hidden Foodie in Me - I can't believe it has already been a year since last Thanksgiving. Being this close to it has made me reflect on what was happening then.

Lost jobs and the art of shopping - Come on folks..... the beauty of the Thanksgiving holiday is that the only expectation is a good family/friends meal with no pressure to buy that special someone a special something with our hard earned money/credit cards.

Never Perfect, Always Good I've never been one to battle the crowds at midnight on Thanksgiving to get "the best deals" on items that won't be remembered the next year.

The Daily GourmetThere's no reason to not take the pledge - if you're disgusted with Christmas stuff appearing as early as September, if you're annoyed with the Christmas songs playing just days after Halloween, if you've had the unfortunate experience to work Thanksgiving in the past, if you detest Black Friday etc., take the pledge!

Pointless Ramblings of a Verbose Cook w/a Loooong List of Food AversionsEven though I don't personally really care for Thanksgiving, I DO think we, as a society, need to SLOW down and not rush right from Halloween to Christmas.

Magically DeliciousGratitude is a really freeing thing.

Hunter/Gatherer - Celebrating my grandparent's wedding anniversary (this year is Number 60!) learning more about the people I love, having everyone to my house for one day, sitting back and watching four generations come together with no material things—no gifts, no shopping, no expectations.

Linda’s boring ramblings - I usually spend time with some church people or volunteering this time of year. Good for the soul.

Another Day in the Life of Lisa - Thanksgiving is a terrific holiday - one of families and friends and remembering what we are thankful for...before the gluttony of the holiday season makes us all greedy and whiny.  


  1. The Authentic AnalyzerNovember 24, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    F the Bird!! Yes I said it. Let me explain.

    Many people over the past few weeks have pledged to "Respect the Bird." While this sounds like a good notion, a little analysis proves otherwise.

    The word thanksgiving is defined by Merriam Webster's dictionary as follows:

    1. the act of giving thanks
    2. a prayer expressing gratitude
    3. a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness

    How does respecting the bird fit into any of these definitions? It doesn't.

    People are complaining that retailers are not respecting the bird by placing Christmas merchandise on the shelves far too soon. Regardless of the type of merchandise in the stores, Christmas or otherwise, there is a very simple solution. Don't purchase them. A large part of the problem is as a society we act as if we have no self-control and somehow if the items are there, we must buy them.

    Others are complaining that employees are unable to spend with their families, because they have to go to work, in support of Black Friday sales. While working on any holiday may not be ideal, have we considered the sentiments of other employees, such as police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, gas station attendants, convenience store clerks, bus drivers, and airline workers? The answer is a resounding "No!"

    Many of these individuals spend countless hours working, and they too are spending time away from their families when most others are celebrating and relaxing. Of course, some will say that these people chose these professions, and I agree. But the same can be said of those who are complaining that they have to work to support Black Friday. It is difficult for me to believe that those in retail were not informed of the possibility of having to work odd or unusual schedules, which may include weekends and/or holidays. I wonder how someone who is unemployed would feel about working on a holiday.

    So what was meant by F the Bird? It means “Forget the Bird.” In the year 1789, George Washington, First President of these United States wrote the following as he was proclaiming Thanksgiving to be a national holiday:

    "Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

    Thanksgiving is not about respecting the bird, nor is it about football or sales. Thanksgiving is a time for us to take time to be thankful for what we have, rather than complain about what we do not have.


  2. To Authentic Analyzer: F you too.

  3. The Authentic AnalyzerDecember 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Thank you very much for your comment.