I was thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. This is my favorite time of the year, and I was trying to figure out exactly why.
Several things come to mind. I like the leisurely start to the weekdays. I like lingering over the coffee pot, the early news, and the morning paper.
The food during the holidays is all of my favorites: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, and pumpkin pie. Best of all--turkey sandwiches!
We usually make time for holiday movies. A favorite is "Home for the Holidays." We break out the Christmas music, and almost always spend an evening or two playing cards.
The girls and I have made a tradition of grabbing our coffee and doing some Black Friday shopping. We leave the house at 4:30 AM, turn on some Christmas tunes, and mainly enjoy the atmosphere. (Two years ago, a light snow was just the magic we needed.) If we find a great bargain, we might buy; but mainly, we soak in the atmosphere and laugh at the craziness of the serious shoppers.
These holiday weeks at school are fun, too. The kids seem a bit nostalgic and pretty creative, too. (Just finishing up "Our Town" may be responsible for part of that.) They look forward to the break from school and most look forward to days at home with their families, too.
We're still 10 days away from Thanksgiving, but it seems like the spirit of the holiday is already here. Think I can make it last all year??