Monday, November 19, 2007

Does this ad bother any one?

For some reason this advertisement that I saw in the November 11th copy of the Parade Magazine really bothered me. They first show the famous all American picture painted by Norman Rockwell that depicts a wonderful traditional family style Thanksgiving. I think it rings a chord with most Americans and that it is the American dream. It shows a happy family with parents, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents sitting at the table eagerly anticipating the arrival of the turkey to the table that grandmother made. I love this picture, it makes me feel warm and cozy and to me it is something to strive for.

The ad states "Ah, the good ol' days. When there was all the time in the world to create picture-perfect holidays. And when families could enjoy every meal together, not just the big holiday feasts.........Sure isn't how things are today!" Then when you turn the page you see the below pictures.

Now I am not against families getting together for parties like this at other times of the year, or when folks watch football on Thanksgiving, but what bothers me is the food manufacturers are trying to say you don't need to make a beautiful meal and have a sit down dinner on Thanksgiving, the one day we set aside to be with family and to thank God for our wonderful country and for all that we have. Forget the china and crystal, who needs grandma's secret recipe for stuffing, why bother with a tablecloth. You don't have to try to do your best for your family, you can wear sweats and serve hot-dogs. You don't need to make any effort at all, why distinguish this family holiday over any other day?

Okay, if this happens because of unforeseen reasons, perhaps the turkey burnt or your travel plans fell through at the last minute, or you had an unscheduled surgery etc. But why do they have to attack the all American sit down lovely dinner with the family? It just seems like all areas of our lives have gone so casual, couldn't we still keep Thanksgiving a little special?

What do you think?

~ Sharon


Liz said...

I agree (as will most of the blog-world at large). It's pretty sad to see an entire generation of kids growing up knowing nothing but microwaved hot dogs and $5 pizzas. And I'm not giving up my china. Ever. :)

Julieann said...

AMEN, Sharon!!!

The first picture is a delight---but of course it is ruined with the follow up--I wholeheartedly agree with you (you knew I would..LOL)

I was thinking, is that lady wearing sweats??!! Oh come on.

Well, here in my home, I try and make every meal special--I think a lot of people have forgotten what really matters, it all boils down to M.O.N.E.Y!!! Ugh---

GREAT POST!!!...and I am linking to you once again.


Laura said...

I agree, that is irritating... it's irritating when it actually happens, but it is even more irritating to be mocked by it!

SweetAnnee said...

that's just sad!!! WHY would we want to turn a lovely feast of thanksgiving..into a bunch of junk food??
arrrggg...not my cup of tea..I bring out the china & the silver..and make the table as lovely as I can!!
smiles, Deena

HumbleHomemaker said...

Dear Sharon, I've left two comments, but they've not shown up. I don't know why. I loved all that you wrote and agree with you about this. I just love the first picture.

Cottage Contessa said...

I think you are spot on Sharon, and I agree whole heartedly with everything you said! nodding....nodding.....
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

P.S. What did you name the puppy????

Hootin'Anni said...

agreeing here!

But as with all other things these days, it's a fact of life.

weird ways of celebrating.

I was brought up with the traditional sit down, abundant feasting and giving thanks. And that's the way it'll be for our household...always!!!

I guess it's just a matter of taste and tradition. Of which some I don't agree. But's what America is all about...freedom to express themselves without having to apologize.

Yep, like you's just a ploy to 'buy my product' --no matter the cost of what's right or wrong.

:::nodding in agreement with you:::


I'm here to send along my best wishes for you and yours for a blessed loving and love for the holidays...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Nunnie's Attic said...

I agree and yet I don't. I agree that the value of Sunday dinners (any dinner with the family for that matter) is gone. We eat dinner together EVERY night, no matter what. And Thanksgiving is the perfect time for sitting together and remembering the blessings you have been given and from Whom they come.

But, on the other, I guess their point is - it isn't about the food. And it's not. It's about the quality time you spend together. Whether you're eating a stuffed turkey or a stuffed pocket - just get together!


Jeannene said...

Dear Sharon,
I completely agree with you!! This is very sad and miss fortunate Today's society has to view family like this. Not my family though!! We will be sitting as a family and thanking the Lord for ALL!!

I hope you and your lovely Family will be having a "Happy Thanksgiving!!"
xo Jeannene

nannykim said...

I love the pic--we have a copy of it in our closet in a calendar. One thing we did as a family when my kids were with us (they are grown or in college now)--we always ate supper together except for the few times my husband was out of town--we just put this as a priority and we worked around the sports. We always had family devotions right after the meal. Thanksgiving is such a blessed time of fellowship and sharing memories and I love the traditions that go with it. Now as far as the clothes go---I am of the "whatever" type--so jogging clothes do not bother me--I don't mind the whole family being comfy--as long as we are together and praising God for His blessings. May be the quote should be --the family that eats together stays together ;-)

Mary said...


There is an all-out effort to commercialize every North American holiday. The only one that hasn't been commercialized to this point is Thanksgiving, so of course they want everyone to give up the family dinner in lieu of all of their goodies.

The family unit is in danger and I can see it happening more and more. It's so sad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these ads.


Kristen said...

AMEN! I too get tired of the lack of importance that is put on spending quality time at the dinner table. It amazes me how many people don't even sit at the table together anymore. Some don't even eat at the same time. I am not saying that we don't have days where we have to hurry and eat but whenever we have the opportunity we sit together at the table and enjoy the conversation that goes along with the meal! Good post! Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!

Kelly said...

I totally agree with you! Oh Sharon, it's so sad how something as beautiful as gathering together to give thanks for our blessings can become so commercialized. I remember reading something how President FDR actually moved the date of Thanksgiving up to give more time for holiday shopping...ergh! Leave it be - the holidays are about Christ, family, togetherness and love, not about gifts, etc. The beauty that comes from putting in special touches for a fantastic meal, especially in a day and age where eating together as a family isn't always the norm every night, is all the "adornment" that Thanksgiving needs. I love this post and really echo your sentiments whole-heartedly!

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