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Author Topic: Twas the Nights Before the Christmas 2007 Retail Season  (Read 10510 times)
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3catkidneyfailure
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« on: October 10, 2007, 07:11:28 AM »

With sincere apologies to real poets everywhere and Clement Moore, here's one
opinion on what to do this Christmas retail season. What's yours? 3cats

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

On Mom's was a note, pinned there by worry,
after 2007 in the form of a prayer:

Dear Santa, so soon to be here,

For our children nestled all snug in their beds,
please this year no toys coated with lead,
under my tree or out of the store,
no matter how cheap or flashy or fair,
that haven't tested safe beyond compare;

And leave us no clothes that look wondrous new,
but are coated with chemicals, a terrible stew,
and after one wash begin to unravel,
imported from sweatshops so far, far away,
made by sad children working all day;

And no electronics, Sleigh Driver, no matter how speedy,
manufactured in places so dreary and needy,
with no guarantees that they'll work tomorrow,
and put us in debt for money to borrow;


When you bound down the chimney, Lively St. Nick,
leave no sugar-plums, goodies, drinks,
no fruits, veggies, or meats
that will bring chemicals from far away lands,
made in strange plants with governments who wink
at safety and testing of the food in our hands;

Dear Jolly Old Elf, in 2007 we have learned
to dread what's in your peddlar's imported sack
from the deaths of our pets, and some children at play,
to the very bad foods we innocently eat today;

This year for the ones we hold dear,
we must send you away,
for you have too many imports seedy
in the pack on your sleigh
from retailers greedy
to be delivered to the U.S.A.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 08:17:34 PM »

3Cat: loved it......so sad but true.......our Christmas this year is going to be cut back too...not to mention that my Marley won't be here too and that's even sadder than any presents.
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"The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow"------Bob Marley
3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 08:38:04 PM »

Hey, Mom
I'm so sorry for Marley. I miss mine, too. The presents they left behind
were their goodness and love, better than anything that can be bought.

I'm just proposing to honor these kids in 2007 by not buying out the stores
who retail this deadly stuff. I hope others will join in, too.
3cats
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 09:16:37 PM »

it will be interesting to see how america reacts this christmas. i hope like hell enough of us have some integrity to send a clear message and have more of a traditional christmas that is about love and family and not plastic toys and material objects.

the mattel lawsuit will help erode peoples' trust along with the fact that we aren't done with the recalls. yes, they will try and keep them on the down-low, but it's becoming somewhat of a scandal at this point so they may not have much success. i worry that americans' short attention span will fall towards the toy companies favor  Undecided

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 05:58:33 AM »

One can only hope as I do that after all the recalls of 2007 of contaminated
and deadly unsafe products and food that when the American consumer
looks in the loving eyes and trusting faces of their fur-kids and children,
they'll use their common sense and great love and spirit, and vote not
to purchase this disgusting imported or U.S.A.-made crap from the
peddlars' Christmas bag this year, no matter how deep the discount or
how prettily packaged. Send a Season's Greetings to the retailers and
manufacturers of this junk is not wanted here.
3cats
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catbird
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 06:29:42 AM »

And it will be hard for many parents whose kids are begging for the latest, heavily-advertised glitzy stuff that "everyone else has."  Been there.  It's a teaching opportunity, where parents can do some good communicating with their kids, but it's not easy. But to those of you who are parents with younger kids, hang in there.  It was a struggle for me too, but now that my kids are adults, I am proud of their values.  I can see that they were absorbing what I was saying back then, even though they were sometimes whining at the time.

I just sent them copies of your poem, 3cats.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007, 11:19:26 AM »

It sure isn't a good poem!

How about making a homemade T-shirt with the logo:

XMAS 2007
DON'T BUY

$$Recalled Product Lines$$
Unsafe Imported Foods

. . .  pets died to warn you

Just so the message gets across, think I'll wear it to every grocery store, dollar store,
discount store, and shopping mall between now and Christmas. Hope the imported ink
holds up in Woolite.
3cats
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007, 11:25:49 AM »

I deprogrammed myself from buying into the holiday hype several years ago, so I have no problem sticking with the program.  I prefer to cook/bake something, or create gifts, or give gift certificates for groceries or other necessities.  Money is tight these days, and I don't waste what little I have on junk.

Great composition 3Cats!
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Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007, 12:07:01 PM »

Well done, 3Cats! 

Perhaps we can hope that all will see this as an opportunity to introduce learning toys as presents for the very young and gift passes or certificates for others.

Seeing what just happened to Topps, Christmas 2007 will be a very interesting time to watch.  Not only because there is going to be quality toy shortage - imagine - but because consumer purchases will serve as the financial barometer of many manufacturers, especially Mattel. 

Maybe this will be a turn around for many, and homemade gifts will see an emergence.   Baskets of deserts, jellies or sauces can be given and practical gift baskets are always appreciated, especially by the busy.  Science, Art and Children's Museum passes are nice to receive as well, and I bet would be appreciated by parents who are putting themselves in the poor house buying their kid's gifts!  How about making your favorite niece a new outfit, or knitting a sweater for your nephew?  An IOU for an afghan of their color can also be given and makes a warm blanket for that cold winter night.  Besides, you know your sewing, knitting and crocheting are 200% better than theirs and it saves on the budget, too! 

Gift giving ideas are boundless that cheaply made toys or items, are not really required ... now to "decondition" the kids!

Sincerely,
Donna

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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2007, 01:21:26 PM »

great Poem!!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2007, 07:11:59 AM »

Love the poem, 3Cat!!!   Grin Grin Grin

Did you see the ToysRUs TV ad? 

At the end, they mentioned Fisher-Price toys and just said they have lots of Barbie dolls - and did not even mention the word Barbie dolls by M-A-T-T-E-L! 

I immediately noticed they left that brand OUT of the ad - the kiss of death, I guess, since the recalls went on and on!

I heard that the marketing strategy this year is to start huge sales NOW and to offer a gift card to be used later in the shopping season to get people to come in twice!  Black Friday will still be a big draw, so
stay strong, people!

I've been out of the huge splurging for 14 people for years now, so it's not difficult for me -- just buying for one person for the last several years (drawing one name from a bowl) and instead focusing on the get togethers - sharing conversation and photographs, playing games, and showing things we've made since we've last met.

Boycotting 2007 Christmas Shopping for me, too!

3Cat - people should send your poem to various groups and boards, especially the mom and grandparent sites!  Well done!!!

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2007, 10:54:33 AM »

I'm so glad to know people are trying not to support the retailers and
manufacturers this Holiday season.

I'm having a hard time with my kids and grandkids, but I'm sure not going
to reward these folks for being careless, negligent, and worse.

So am looking for a big event to take kids to for Christmas, things to make, and get-togethers also.

Would really appreciate homemade T-shirt logos, as I don't want to wear the same T-shirt to
work, stores, every place I go between now and XMas. I wore it to the grocery store yesterday,
and I thought Kroger was going to kick me out.

Let me have some ideas for different boycott T-shirt logos. My printer is ready!!!!

Yes, Purringfur, I've noticed the TV adds, too, have changed and don't mention makers. Obviously we need
a T-shirt that lists all the recall manufacturers of toys! And all the makers and retailers of food.

Just get the message out any way you can for the retail season of 2007 to honor everyone's fur-kid.


3cats
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2007, 11:34:23 AM »


Let me have some ideas for different boycott T-shirt logos. My printer is ready!!!!

Great idea.  I'll have to buy t-shirt software.

Here's Howl's ready made menu shirt.

http://www.cafepress.com/howlywood.125551532
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Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2007, 11:58:36 AM »

Hey, JustMe
You don't have to buy T-shirt software. Just get iron-on
T-shirt transfers from HP (other brands, too) at any computer store, and then use Paint or
whatever photo-editor software you are familiar with, and make
your own iron-on T-shirts saying whatever you want. Great for photos of pets or family to be
used for homemade gifts and really easy to do.
You do have to wash in cold water with Woolite and dry on hanger to keep from fading.
The only limits are 8 by 10 size of the iron-on transfer, images on your computer, photo editing
software, your color printer, and your imagination. Haven't tried yet to find a white cotton T-shirt not
made in China, but I sure hope there is one.
3cats
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2007, 11:30:16 PM »

Great poem, 3cats!

A small "event" we always do for Christmas is to pile family and friends in the car and ride around at night looking at decorations. More and more people are going "all out" with them here, usually in the more moderate income neighborhoods. One place has a huge wooden carved figure of Santa driving a John Deere tractor pulling carts full of reindeer.
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