One of my favorite hashtags on Twitter lately is #lettheturkeycool. It’s all about that antiquated notion of celebrating our holidays in order. You know, putting Christmas on hold until after Thanksgiving is over.
Every year it happens. Halloween ends and Christmas begins. The TV commercials start up (although I’ll take Christmas commercials over political ads any day), the radio stations start playing Christmas music 24/7, and retail stores start decking their halls with plastic reindeer and mistletoe. I even see a few houses in my neighborhood with decorations on their lawns and twinkle lights lit up on their roofs. People! Can’t we celebrate Thanksgiving first?
I don’t mind if you want to get a head start on gift shopping – just don’t send me anything yet. It doesn’t bother me if you start pulling out your nutcracker collection to display – as long as you keep them on the inside of your home. I could care less if you start addressing the envelopes for the Christmas cards you plan to send out this year – just don’t send mine until Thanksgiving is over.
The bottom line is, I don’t want to see Christmas in any form until I’m pulling left-over turkey bits out of the fridge for lunch next Friday. #lettheturkeycool.
To celebrate this past Fourth of July weekend, I thought I’d highlight some money related quotes from our founding fathers. Benjamin Franklin in particular, had some memorable ones…
“Time is money”
This is why it often makes more sense to hire someone to do a job than to do it yourself. Whether it’s fertilizing your lawn, repairing your air conditioning, or changing the oil in your car. Your time is valuable and some things just aren’t worth your time.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
I’m not quite sure what this one means. Didn’t I earn all the pennies I have? I guess Franklin is really trying to extol the virtues of saving. However, pennies are pretty meaningless today. A penny in 1776 would be the equivalent of about 21 cents in 2003. To update the quote for today’s money values maybe it should be, “a quarter saved is a quarter earned.”
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Mrs. Pennypacker has long since mastered this one. I’m hoping that some of that health, wealth and wisdom will rub off on me so I can stay up later. I think the goal here is to get things done before everyone else. If you can get up at 5 in the morning and start working, you’ll be two hours ahead of the person who doesn’t wake up until 7. If you were on a farm, you’d be first to harvest and first to take your crops to market. You’d be able to bring in top dollar. You’d also be the first to read the newspaper, hence the wisdom.
“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
This last one is actually by Thomas Jefferson. It means don’t borrow money you don’t have. Of course in Jefferson’s days, borrowing too much money had severe consequences. I believe you went to debtors prison if you couldn’t pay back your debts. Thankfully, today you can just declare bankruptcy and start the game all over again.