Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas, Oh MY!

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

I wasn’t able to keep up with the “Days of Thankfulness” that always sweeps the social networking websites like Facebook…and I know that this paper will be published after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to say a little something about what I am thankful for.

First, I am thankful for my health. Many people close to me have experienced losses, or health problems within the last couple of months and it really makes you stop and think about how lucky you are to be healthy and able to carry on with a normal life.

Secondly, I am thankful for my family, all of them. We don’t always get along or see eye to eye on everything, but I am thankful for the support system that has been behind me for the past 24, almost 25 years of my life.

I also can’t forget how thankful I am to have a roof over my head, and I’m even more thankful that the process is over. It was a long haul, but well worth it in the end.

That’s not all I am thankful for, by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought I would keep my list shorter for the readers since it’s slightly outdated by now.

With Thanksgiving being wrapped up we all know what that means…Black Friday sales begin and Christmas decorating commences. I saw an Ecard on Facebook that I thought was rather funny regarding the tradition of Black Friday. It stated “Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.”

This seems to be as true as it gets lately. Black Friday sales and just the idea of waiting in line to beat others to the deals has become very popular in just a few short years. This year, like last year, my family has decided to go light on the gift giving and focus on what we already have and whom we have to spend the holidays with. To gather and watch the children open gifts while the adults sit back and get caught up is much less stressful than wondering if you got the “right gift” for your brother-in law or the aunt you don’t get to see too often. Plus, you get to completely skip the return lines after the holidays have past. That in itself is worth it to me.

Black Friday sales started early this year to avoid some of the mass chaos that has happened in the past. I think it’s probably a smart idea to break up the mad rush a little, plus if you plan to shop for those great bargains then you can cover more ground as they are spread out throughout the week. Although, it’s not the same adrenalin as Black Friday is but it is safer for everyone.

So now that everyone has settled down from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I guess the lights come on…Christmas lights that is. I have a few neighbors that started to decorate already. It was one of my favorite past times as a child to be able to look at all the lights on the houses. Since I lived in St. Louis for the first six years of my life I could see a lot of lights just down one road. When my family made the move out to Winfield it was very rural and we had to drive to see the lights. But, there are events around the area that showcase lights and great events for Christmas to really get you in the Christmas mood. As for me, I think I will try to put up a few lights on the house for our first Christmas, but I will be doing good if I get a tree up around the boxes.

By Kristen Harris

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