Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
With apology to Clement Clarke Moore, Author of Twas the Night Before Christmas…
Twas the night before Thanksgiving, when all about
Black Friday ads and coupons, filled the house
The turkey and giblets were ready to roast
In hopes that dinner would come together for the host
The wishes and wants of grandchildren were clear
With hopes that Santa would come thru this year
And Grandpa with his wallet and I with the list
Had exhausted our brains, making sure nothing was missed
When what did we see in the advertising section,
But a new expanding market direction
The Thanksgiving feast was now in competition
With a brand new Turkey Day tradition
Throw out the dinner rolls, rush through the dressing
Fill the car with gas, and say a short blessing
There are bargains to capture and savings to find
So grab your wish-list and leave the dishes behind
“Now Target! Now Walmart!
Now K-mart and Sears!
On Younkers, on Penney’s!
On Gap and DeBeer’s!
To the top of the list!
To the door of the mall!
Now Dash Away! Dash Away!
Dash Away All!
And then in a twinkle, I heard in my head
The reason and wisdom of something I’d read
Thanksgiving is time to rest and be thankful
To leisurely eat and enjoy the tranquil
To greet family and friends and fill the time
With good food and laughter until the clock chimes
So shop someplace local, when the weekend is over
The malls and city will be there forever
Thanksgiving is for family and community giving
The profit you generate creates a shop-owners living
They are neighbors and friends and hometown supporters
The gas you save will yield you more quarters
So I cleaned up the papers and turned off the TV
Threw out the coupons and fixed a cup of tea
The family is coming, the day can’t be beat
Bring on Thanksgiving, it’s time to eat!