That’s right folks, we’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving. Santa will be here before we know it and I am already running out of time and money. I enjoy this time of year. I like the weather. I like the excitement in my children’s faces. And, I like the big feasts.
This year I am cooking my first Turkey and having the whole family over. I am not sure how I feel about that, but I am sure I will do fine. I love to cook, but its a lot to cook. Worst of all, my wife will be working so I won’t have much support. However, I am looking forward to getting together with the family. Of course, once they are all packed in my house, all bets are off.
I won’t be doing the Black Friday nonsense. I spent five years of my life working in Malls providing security for all those people converging on malls in hopes of getting some stupid toy. No toy is worth trampling a crowd of people. All those years of dealing with the Black Friday crowds, and the worst of the people there, has spoiled me from ever wanting to deal with it again. So I will lock myself up in my Black Friday bunker, devour left overs, and sleep all day.
In the first part of December, I will emerge from my bunker and start shopping. It won’t be any better. There will still be crowds everywhere, but I prefer that to internet shopping. I hate spending my money had waiting for things to arrive. But it is more then that. Shopping at your local stores provides money for your local economy, provides jobs, and is an all around better thing. So I shop in stores, with rare exception.
After I get all the shopping done, it will be time for Christmas Eve Dinner. Growing up we always did dinner on Christmas Eve. I am sure my mom didn’t want to spend any time cooking while we were all playing with new toys. I think I will be hosting my own Christmas Eve Dinner this year.
The best part of this Christmas is that I won’t be traveling anywhere. You see, since I married my wife, I have had to travel to my family’s house, then to her family’s house. They don’t live far apart, but man is it still tiring. Then with the kids, it meant trying to cram three kids worth of toys in one car and driving home. But not this year. This year, they can all come to us. I am spending that day sitting in my sweats and watching my kids play with all their new stuff.
No matter what religion you are, and what holidays you celebrate, the holiday season is about family. It’s a time to enjoy your family and the little things in life. So when you are stressed out in the traffic, long check out lines, or traveling all over town for that special gift; remember none of its important in the grand scheme of things.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and I will see you all next week.