It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It's Black Friday and I'm not out shopping. We live approximately three miles from the largest mall on the East Coast. Said mall sits at the intersection of the PA Turnpike and two other major roads, one running north/south and the other running west. You can imagine the traffic. We rarely venture out of our neighborhood on Black Friday. Being "forced" to stay at home makes it feel like a snow day and I always get so much accomplished by staying in the house. I'm looking forward to some extra stitching time and finally getting started on the exchange piece for my sampler guild's meeting on December 10.
I'm a purist. I love Christmas, but not a single note of a holiday song or a Christmas decoration of any kind is allowed in my house until the day after Thanksgiving. We put the decorations up on the first Sunday in Advent and leave them up until Epiphany (January 6). I love the lights, the music, the special events and the fantasy that I will actually have all the cards sent, the baking done and gifts bought and wrapped by the week before Christmas so I can sit back and soak it all in. Don't forget that I have to throw my daughter's December 21st birthday into the mix. (That 12/21 birthday is genetic as it's also my brother's birthday.) It's all fun. Let the holidays begin!