Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday.  It’s a day to reflect on our many fortunes and to spend time with family eating delicious turkey, potatoes, and pie (and maybe watching some football).  It seems that the Christmas trees, music and displays spring up at local retailers earlier and earlier each year, usually immediately after Halloween (if not before).  Just please, can we slow down and pause for Thanksgiving before rushing onto the next holiday?

Out of curiosity, I searched the Trademark Office records for “Thanksgiving.”  Sure there was the MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE event, some THANKSGIVING FARM wine, HALLOWTHANKSMAS cards… but then there was this.  A registration for HAPPY THANKSGIVING, owned by Mattel for “toys, games and playthings, namely dolls, doll clothing and doll accessories.”   With my interest piqued,  I had to know what they were selling under this mark.  Was it Happy Thanksgiving Barbie(R) and accessories? I clicked on the specimen and it’s…well, I’ll let you comment with an appropriate adjective for it.


So Happy Thanksgiving everyone (in the non-trademarked use of the phrase, of course).  Safe travels to you all!