War Against Christmas 2003 Competition [II]: They ARE Coming For Christmas AND Thanksgiving!

December 05, 2003

WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2003 COMPETITION
[I] [III] [IV] [V] [VI] [VII] [VIII] [IX] [X] – See also: War Against Christmas
2002, 2001, 2000.

Just returned from Seattle—hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

On a similar note to the Christmas Competition, Seattle did not have a Thanksgiving Day parade, but on the following day had a “Holiday Parade” which, according to The Seattle Times, “kicks off the holiday season.”[Downtown parade to kick off holiday season Seattle Times. Thursday, November 27, 2003]

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James Fulford comments: Yes, according to the Seattle Times, local retailer Bon-Macy`s did indeed sponsor a “Holiday Parade.”  Still, Santa was going to be there and the tree outside the Westlake Center was still a Christmas tree. But this “kicks-off-the-holiday [formerly known as Christmas] season” thing is all over the country—sometimes accompanied by a “Holiday Tree,” sometimes by a nondescript Festival of Lights. See below:

Downtown Marion kicks off the holiday season this weekend Marion Star, OH – 20 Nov 2003 MARION—The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Marion this weekend with the return of “Hometown For The Holidays.”. The downtown …

Old Town Theatre performance kicks off the holiday season Huntsville Item, TX – 20 Nov 2003 The holidays will start early at the Old Town Theatre, where a musical review by the Studio One Singers will be featured Sunday. …

Hasbro Kicks off the Holiday Season with Award-Winning Toys and …  Business Wire (press release) – 12 Nov 2003 PAWTUCKET, RI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 12, 2003–The experts who review toys and games have already made their picks for what`s hot …

Hasbro Kicks off the Holiday Season with Award – Winning Toys Tranformers News – 13 Nov 2003 In Hasbro`s latest Press release, they list award-winning toys, chosen by the experts who review & has made their picks for what`s hot this holiday season. …

Consumerism sparks debate as holidays near The Argus, CA – 1 Dec 2003 The weekend after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, typically kicks off the holiday season for retailers. …

Barber Ball kicks off holiday festivities Go Erie, PA – 29 Nov 2003 … entertainment added this year. The event, which kicks off the holiday season, is scheduled Dec. 13 at Rainbow Gardens. Back by popular…

Holiday events calendar Gwinnett Daily Post, GA – 30 Nov 2003 … 770-985-3535. Gainesville College kicks off the holiday season with its Family Holiday Concert at 7:30 pm in the Ed Cabell Theatre. …

Downtown parade to kick off holiday season Seattle Times, WA – 27 Nov 2003 The Bon-Macy`s Holiday Parade kicks off the holiday season in festive style tomorrow morning with balloon floats, drill teams, local bands, the ever-popular…

Albuquerque to kick off holiday season with parade KOB-TV, NM – 28 Nov 2003 Others can wait until Saturday night. That`s when Albuquerque kicks off the holiday season with the annual Twinkle Light Parade. …

Tonight on your TV6 News WLUC-TV, MI – 30 Nov 2003 The City of Negaunee kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony. We`ll have the highlights tonight on your TV6 Weekend News. …

PLANNING AHEAD FOR DECEMBER Times Picayune, LA – 27 Nov 2003 … The city kicks off the holiday season at Kenner Veterans Century of Sentries park, 1901 Williams Blvd., with an official opening of the decorated cottages Dec. …

Hefty helping of travelers New Brunswick Home News Tribune, NJ – 27 Nov 2003 … This really kicks off the holiday season,” he said. On Saturday, NJ Transit is projecting 120,000 trips compared to 100,000 on an average Saturday. …

Looking back at the Holiday Parade KTVB, ID – 21 Nov 2003 … Commerce. “The Holiday Parade has established itself as being the thing that kicks off the holiday season,” said Roger Lingle. It…

Holiday of Lights turns on Dec. 5 Times Picayune, LA – 26 Nov 2003 … It kicks off the holiday season, bringing together friends and families.” Lights will be on for public viewing from 6 to 9 pm daily through Jan. …

The Saratogian The Saratogian, NY – 28 Nov 2003 SARATOGA SPRINGS—The Saratoga Center for the Family`s annual Holiday Craft Fair kicks off the holiday season in earnest on Saturday at the Saratoga Springs …

Check it out Indianapolis Star, IN – 27 Nov 2003 Celebrate an Indianapolis tradition when the opening ceremony for Circle of Lights—a Downtown light display—kicks off the holiday season from 6 pm to 8…

Caroler, carriages bring in season Fayetteville Online, Fayetteville NC – 26 Nov 2003 … It`s a wonderful community event and kicks off the holiday season,“ said Deborah Mintz, director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. …

Tree-mendous event has world of holiday spirit Chicago Sun Times, IL – 21 Nov 2003 … Patriarca. KIDDING AROUND: Theaterworks/USA Children`s Theatre Company kicks off the holiday season with A Christmas Carol. This…

Festivals usher in holidays Agana Pacific Daily News, GU – 27 Nov 2003 By Gene Park. Pleasure Island kicks off the holiday season with the 5th Annual Pleasure Island DanceFest tonight. Tomorrow night, the…

Howell police officers will shine spotlight on seat belt use Howell Tri Town News, NJ – 25 Nov 2003 … Traffic safety officer Matthew Bishop said Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the holiday season with an increase in traffic volume on the nation`s roads. …

Toys for needy kids sought at parade Asheville Citizen Times, NC – 19 Nov 2003 … For the first time, the Asheville Merchants Corp. is including a toy drive in the annual parade, which kicks off the holiday season in Asheville. …

Holiday Tree arrives! Lighting ceremony is next Friday Katu.com, OR – 18 Nov 2003 The 75-foot Douglas Fir was brought into the square Monday afternoon. The tree officially kicks off the holiday season in Portland. …

Holiday specials becoming tradition for NBC`s Al Roker Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH – 21 Nov 2003 … the country. WVIZ Channel 25 kicks off the holiday season with several new and returning favorites for young viewers. Ossie Davis…

Regional report: Olympia adopts levy; referendum plans discussed Bloomington Pantagraph, IL – 18 Nov 2003 … DEER CREEK—The Community Club in Deer Creek needs a little help when it kicks off the holiday season during The Light Up the Park event on Saturday. …

KILGORE LIGHTS UP DERRICKS Tyler Morning Telegraph, TX – 23 Nov 2003 … Gem Meacham, publicity chair for the preservation foundation, said people enjoy coming out to the annual event because it kicks off the holiday season. …

Hermitage holiday parade marshal is businessman Youngstown Vindicator, OH – 15 Nov 2003 The job of parade marshal for the annual event, which kicks off the holiday season, goes to someone with a record of community service. …