Skip links


Turkey Before Tinsel

Posted on January 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
by Hayley Kilgo.

Out with the pumpkins, in with the candy canes.

Just one day after Halloween, many stores across the nation were ready to bring in November with a different holiday — Christmas.

So, what about Thanksgiving?


Nowadays stores start decorating for Christmas earlier and earlier each year and are becoming more interested in the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday.

However not all stores are giving into the Christmas creep. Nordstrom has made a refreshing announcement that its stores won’t be decorating until after Thanksgiving.

Several Nordstrom stores around the country have hung posters on their doors with the following statement:

“We won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27. Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”

In an article on 6ABC news, Jessica Canfield, a public relations representative at Nordstrom, explained the company’s decision. “Our tradition of waiting to unveil our holiday decorations until after Thanksgiving is company-wide,” she said, “and we’ve approached holiday decorating this way as far back as anyone can remember.”

Nordstrom is also one of the major retailers that is closed all day Thanksgiving compared to other stores who tend to open their doors that night for an early start to Black Friday.

Although Nordstrom has enforced this policy for several years now, it gathered more buzz this year through the use of social media. Many people are expressing their appreciation on Twitter and commending Nordstrom’s efforts to actually celebrate Thanksgiving.

According to RetailDive, a RichRelevance survey found that “67% of shoppers find it ‘annoying’ when holiday decorations and products items [sic] appear early in stores,” and “65% ‘hate or dislike’ when stores open on Thanksgiving.”

So kudos to you, Nordstrom. I praise you for this decision and agree that we should celebrate one holiday at a time. Hopefully other stores will step up by adopting this policy and not rush through the holiday season as it already goes by too fast.

Immediately following Thanksgiving, however, I will be listening to Christmas music on repeat, watching ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas and stuffing my face with all my favorite holiday treats!

Return to top of page