There are a lot of things I enjoy about Thanksgiving. The food, the break from work or school, and of course spending time with family. But the thing I enjoy the most is the tradition Allen & began the first Christmas we spent in our own place. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and we weren’t doing anything but sitting around. Suddenly we decided to decorate the house for Christmas. There was no one to tell us it was too early. No reason for us not too and so we did.
And that is how we’ve spent every Friday after Thanksgiving for the last 13 years. It’s how our kids have spent every Friday after Thanksgiving since they’ve been born. Now they’re old enough to look forward to it. Just as Allen and I do.
I’m especially looking forward to it this year. Despite the fact that times are tough and how exactly we’ll be paying for Christmas presents this year remains a mystery. But I know we’re not the only ones trying to solve that puzzle this year. So why am I looking forward to what’s going to surely be a financially trying Christmas for us? Well, because it’s Christmas.
No matter how hard life is, how large the pile of bills may be, or how scary trying to figure out where your next paycheck is coming from is, Christmas stays the same. On Friday we’ll be wrapping our house in the warmth of Christmas lights. We’ll have dancing Santa’s & Reindeer. We’ll drink eggnog and watch Chevy Chase. We’ll sit by a fire. Just like we do every year.
And we’ll bask in the glow of miracles, hope & magic. Because that’s the best part of Christmas. The miracle of the present and the magic of tomorrow.
So as I see the Christmas commercials begin and the radio switch to Nat King Cole I breathe a huge sigh of relief. Because if ever there was a year when we needed a little bit of Christmas, it would be this one.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and gets the chance to truly enjoy the beginning of the holiday season with the people you love.