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Residents hope to 'take back Thanksgiving'

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It's not even Thanksgiving, and you've probably noticed it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Now, some area residents claim no sooner are jack-o-lanterns blown out than it's lights, ornaments, ribbons, and garlands everywhere. They believe it's too soon to sing Blue Christmas, and they're hoping to take back Thanksgiving.

"Don't turn the lights on," laughed Michael Coleman, speaking from downtown Nashville. "Don't decorate until after Thanksgiving!"

"Thanksgiving's just really overshadowed," added Elizabeth Mason. "There's a special meaning behind Thanksgiving, and I think we should do its own time to celebrate. We have plenty of time for Christmas after."

Locally, the Rockettes are already kicking, and the Opryland lights are lit. It's certainly not just Nashville. Starbucks holiday cups are out, The Best Man Holiday and The Christmas Candle are in theaters now, and that doesn't begin to cover the Lifetime movie schedule.

Speaking by phone from Chicago, Matt Valuckis is behind the site, Take Back Thanksgiving, which rallies those who want to save the holiday. Valuckis runs a public radio show that speaks against rampant consumerism during the holidays. He said he's considered taking part in peaceful demonstrations to encourage stores to hold holiday season advertising until after Thanksgiving.

"There's not just one day of the year we can just sit and stop and enjoy being together," said Valuckis. "To me, the fact we're completely forgetting about the family aspect of that holiday being in between Halloween and Christmas is what really bothers me. It's about being consumer-driven instead of being about togetherness."

It's not all Christmas in Nashville just yet. Mix 92.9 has I Will Survive, Jessie's Girl and Love Shack on the Friday playlist; the holiday music marathon hasn't started. Nordstrom store officials also told Channel 4 they try to celebrate one holiday at a time.

For one reason or another, some claim they're saving their Marty Moose mug until after they celebrate Thanksgiving. 

"I think it's a good time to just slow down, spend time with family and be thankful for what we've been given," said Elizabeth Mason. "How often do we just stand back and say, 'I'm thankful for what I have?' "

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