I’ve always loved the holidays. As a kid, the day after Thanksgiving marked the official countdown to Christmas for me and my sister. We marked each day off the calendar that hung on the refrigerator. I remember begging my mom to play her Perry Como, “Home for the Holidays” album, over and over.
Retailers have always jumped the gun when it comes to the seasons. I’ve gotten used to seeing swimsuits in the stores in February and winter coats in August. But, I draw the line at shopping on Thanksgiving Day for that $200.00 52’’ flat screen television. Yes, here in the U.S., the traditional day after Thanksgiving shopping day, known as “Black Friday,” now starts on Thanksgiving Day.
To me, the holidays are about family and friends. It’s about being generous with our time, not our wallets. It’s a time to remember that while the world around us is constantly changing, the one constant in our lives is our family and friends. It’s about doing what you enjoy. So, what did I do last weekend…I put up our Christmas decorations. Yep, I sure did.
What happened? Did I crack under the pressure of the retail industry? No, it wasn’t that. I love when the house is decorated for the holiday season and I want it to last as long as possible. Of course, the outside decorations won’t go up until after Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t want my neighbors to think I’m crazy.