Our dish towel died. It wasn't even really a dish towel; I think it was an old bathroom towel. But it's been used and washed and used so much the fibers remain stiff no matter how much TLC we give it, and I've decided to retire it to the cats.
I decided this was the perfect excuse to participate in that great American silliness, overdecorating for specific holidays. Thanksgiving is the next one up, so you'd think I could find a dish towel that matches it.
The following conversation is almost verbatim at Marshall's, the closest big box store to my office.
Me to clerk: Hi, I was looking for some Thanksgiving dish towels. I only see Christmas ones out.
Clerk: Have you checked the clearance section?
Me: Clearance...? But Thanksgiving is still three weeks away.
Clerk: Well, we roll it into the "harvest" seasonal stuff. Once we take out the Harvest things, they go to clearance.
So I checked the clearance section. There was no Thanksgiving themed stuff. There wasn't really much of anything "harvest" at all, although I did find some awesome red maple leaf place mats that looked like they would be more at home in a Canada Day display.
I find this war on Thanksgiving, intentional or not, to be part of the overreaction retailers have to getting a jump on Christmas displays. They go straight from Halloween to Christmas, entirely omitting the major holiday of November. The only people who seem to really care are the grocery stores.