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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

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!




Joyce Lash

Joyce Lash

Joyce Lash is a Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance who wants to keep you ahead of the curve on financial information.

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  1. That’s what I did! A cup of tea, lots of family time, no smart phone OR shopping! Thanks for the clever verse!