I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was twice as festive, as my mother’s birthday landed on Thanksgiving this year. We had a lovely day, and as usually happens on this day of festive family dining, by the time the stuffing has cooled and pies are cut, conversations tend to drift to holiday shopping, Day-After-Thanksgiving sales–and the onset of the Holiday Season has officially arrived. Somehow, I always feel as though I’m starting out behind. I have friends and relatives who begin their holiday planning and shopping way back in August, while I, at this point, have hardly thought past carving the turkey. It does seem fitting that the holiday hustles begin with a day of rest and nourishment, especially for those who partake in the early-morning Day-After-Thanksgiving sales. I ventured out into that morning madness only once. Oh my goodness…I wasn’t sure wading through the masses of sleep-deprived holiday shoppers was worth any additional savings. In fact, I decided I’d rather stay home and put up a Christmas tree 😉
Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon in our house to set up the Christmas tree Thanksgiving night or the following day. My older brother having asthma, our tree was artificial so setting up the tree was always a fun family project of sorting limbs and sticking them in place. Last year, my hubby’s allergies put an end to our fresh-tree tradition, and I find I’m destined to follow my mom’s tradition, so my men and I will be brightening our living room today with tree and lights. As for the holiday shopping, over the past few years my hubby and I have narrowed the shopping part down to two days–our initial shopping trip sometime during the second week of December where we do our best to grab everything on our list and wrap it that night–and then a quick trip for everything we’ve realized we’d forgotten. Whenever I try to do that early-buying, preplanning stuff, I tend to forget what I bought and find gifts at the back of my closet sometime in April…which leads to gloves and stocking hats in Easter baskets 🙂
So, how are you faring on this first day of post Thanksgiving holiday preparations? Any braving the After-Thanksgiving-Day crowds?
My holiday season has gotten off to an extra bright start–earlier this week, after turning in my fourth western historical, I accepted an offer to write four more westerns for Harlequin Historical–one of which will be a Spring Bride anthology in June ’09. I’m excited! I’ve also launched a new look for my website–stop in and take a look around if you get a chance.