Turkey, Stuffing, and . . . Christmas Trees?

Stores Set Up Christmas Decorations Early

A compromise for WalMart’s decoration issue, a mini Christmas tree and a turkey from Tower Family Christmas Tree Farm.

A compromise for WalMart’s decoration issue, a mini Christmas tree and a turkey from Tower Family Christmas Tree Farm.

Ryan McFarlin

Everyone has forgotten Thanksgiving. Most people would be going to a store for a turkey and rolls in November, but now they can go to Wal-Mart for a Christmas tree instead. Wal-Mart sets out Christmas trees in October, completely ignoring Halloween and Thanksgiving in one go. This makes the superstore seem very greedy, only caring about how many TVs they can sell on Black Friday and then again on Christmas. What is worse is the fact that people really will go to a superstore on Thanksgiving and be away from their families and friends. Ava High School freshman, Karcee McFarlin, had this to say about the decorations, “It’s okay, but it is also kind of stupid. They’re basically ignoring Thanksgiving, but it is their store and they have the right to decorate it anyway they wish.” This is also very true, because that store is their property and decorations are a freedom of expression. Wyatt Starks, another Ava student, said, “I dislike the decorations being out early, because Thanksgiving is still an important holiday. They could at least wait until the week of Thanksgiving starting putting them up.” Thanksgiving is indeed an important part of American culture and it would make sense for most stores to show they celebrate it.