Today I am thankful for two Thanksgiving – one old and one new – traditions. Most everyone loves a tradition (whatever it may be) and I am no different. So today, on this 26th day of thanksgiving in the most thankful month of November I am giving thanks for leftovers and Black Friday. Let me tell you why.
Oh, the leftovers, so very yummy, to be sure. I am not normally a leftovers kind of girl. But thanksgiving leftovers are different. It doesn’t matter if the turkey is a bit dry or the potatoes have a few more lumps; or if the gravy is mush, and the green bean casserole looks like…well, you know. They all heat up and taste so (very, very) good the day after Thanksgiving.
The bottom line here is that thanksgiving leftovers, like the Thanksgiving meal itself, are a fabulous tradition that cannot be missed. All that food left over from the big day of thanks; and who’s going to eat it?
We are. For the next 3 days at least. It tides us over till the next thanksgiving. Enjoy your leftovers, folks. As will I. And be thankful for all your many blessings – food and otherwise.
Yes, as of last year (my day-after-Thanksgiving shopping debut) I am a Black Friday shopper. This fun tradition was another good idea from my sister. She didn’t invent the concept. But she did introduce me to it.
I am not a shopper by nature. I know; shocking. But true. I typically go shopping for necessities and that’s that. Shopping for me is almost an annoyance most of the time and if not for fact that there are just some things we cannot go without, I would not bother shopping at all.
But last year began a new tradition. The Black Friday shopping tradition. Sneaking out in the middle of the night and standing on line with 100’s of other crazy day-after-Thanksgiving shoppers waiting for the doors to open – to wherever you decide to go first.
Last year we hit 4 stores before we were done – starting with Toys’R’Us at midnight and ending with Wal-Mart by seven the next morning. There were six of us in our group and thanks to my sister’s careful planning we executed our shopping in quite an orderly fashion.
This year I knew if I went Black Friday shopping that I would be going solo. I was okay with that but almost bailed (on myself) several times. But alas, I went. And now I’m done. Shopping, that is.
Two stores, pleasant fellow shoppers and store employees, and I am satisfied with everything purchased. I was also smart enough to plan ahead with storage too. Santa doesn’t arrive for 29 more days, you know?!
So there you have it. Two traditions that are most certainly a part of the whole Thanksgiving experience. Leftovers and Black Friday shopping. I enjoyed the one so very early this morning and I am saving the other for later this afternoon. What a great way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving; and for this I am thankful.
Years of Thanksgiving Leftovers
2 Years Experience as a Black Friday Shopper
Please Note: I know that food and shopping are not what this Thanksgiving holiday is all about. But today, the day after the best holiday of the year, I am just darn thankful to be blessed with enough food for leftovers and the funds to knock out Christmas in one fell swoop – sticking to my list and my budget, of course!
If you wish to know why there is all this thanking going on in this thankful month of November, please read 30 Days of Thanksgiving-One Day at a Time . And remember, being thankful for your many blessings does not have to be just a November thing. Enjoy!