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Let’s… shop? How about we not?

I’ll be honest, Thanksgivings growing up kind of blurs together in my memory with Christmas. I remember going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. And I remember watching the Texas A&M vs Texas game each year. And probably the Cowboy’s game. But, again, it all kind of blurs together, detail-wise.

But here is what doesn’t blur over time: That feeling of family. That feeling of love. That warm feeling in my heart that both bring. I remember turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, and lots of kolaches. I remember not having school and my parents not going to work that day. I remember construction paper turkeys, and I remember dressing up as a pilgrim a time or two.

As years passed, I remember ATTENDING the Texas A&M vs Texas game on Thanksgiving. And years later I remember making my own turkey and dressing so my husband could head out on the road with an early evening bus call. I’ve spent Thanksgiving surrounded by friends who are like family when we couldn’t make the trip to Texas or Oregon to be with family.

Thanksgiving has morphed as I’ve gotten older, but one thing that has not changed: it’s about love, thanks, and taking stock of my many, many blessings.

The one thing I refuse… I REFUSE… to let into Thanksgiving: shopping.

I can’t do it. I just can’t. Sometimes you need a few groceries… okay, I can go with that. And maybe you need to eat out instead of cooking at home. Or you need gas. But Christmas shopping… I just can’t do it. I didn’t like when “Black Friday” started at midnight, but now it starts as early as 5 pm Thanksgiving day. This just feels wrong to me.

I know many people who participate in Black Friday shopping. And that’s fine. That’s their thing. It doesn’t mean its mine. I’d rather stay home eating good food, enjoying the people I am with, watching some football and/or a movie… perhaps I’ll even decorate for Christmas. Hot coffee, the fire place, my cats and some baked goods. That just sounds AMAZING to me.

Some people get pleasure from it and get this adrenaline high of making the sales and being in the rush. Shopping to them sounds amazing. But, from my point of view, I don’t want to push and shove and leave hating humanity and feeling guilty for abusing my bank account. That doesn’t make me feel thankful. It makes me feel nothing but negative. Forgive me if I pass, and if I wrinkle my nose at you if you decide to go shop. It’s just not my thing.

  someecards.com - BLACK FRIDAY Because only in America do we wait in line and trample others for sale items one day after giving thanks for what we already have.

One month until Christmas

ChristmasImageIts one month until Christmas, and I have been trying REALLY HARD to fight falling into it before Thanksgiving. I hate how Christmas has so diminished Thanksgiving… especially with Black Friday commercialism. (But that’s another post later this week.)  However, its being made extra hard to keep Thanksgiving first when its as late as it is this year…

My family celebrated “turkey day” yesterday, and it was amazing. An extra bonus to be thankful for this year was the fact that my husband got to join us… much to the surprise of everyone. The original plan had been to celebrate Thanksgiving with my brother’s family, then my parents and I would make our way to Nashville to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband on Thursday. However, due to how my husband’s show’s landed and other details not worth going into here, he instead joined us in Texas to celebrate with my brother’s family…

My WHOLE family together. I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I was on Sunday to look around and see the faces of all these people I love so much… these people I hold so dear. THANKSGIVING it was!!!

So now… I don’t feel quite so guilty starting to turn my focus to Christmas. My husband I took our pictures for our Christmas cards tonight. (The photo in this post is one that didn’t make the cut… ) I got those ordered along with my Christmas stamps. My nephew gave me his Christmas list, and my niece gave me some ideas. I’ll be ready to go Christmas shopping soon. Oh and I already know what I am doing (and have half the stuff purchased) for co-worker gifts.

I suppose… I suppose I am more ready for Christmas than I thought! Maybe we’ll decorate my house later this week, and I must get a trip to Opryland Hotel in soon to take in the lights. Last year, I only went for a photoshoot. This year, I want to go strictly to enjoy myself.

The countdown has begun… One month to Christmas. Let the cheer begin!