There are some folks who wait until after Thanksgiving to begin their shopping and that time is here. That time is now. The streets are flooded with people seeking great deals. Looking through flyers yesterday after Thanksgiving dinner really took up a good chunk of time. There were so many and they were huge. Some of them more like miniature catalogs than regular ads. The kids sure had a lot of fun looking through them. It is a nice little tradition to hang out on the living room floor and peruse ads showing each other what we like and trying to come up with reasons why some of these items even sell. Some of them are truly ridiculous.
Funny gifts are my favorite to give. I like to pick out T-shirts for the people on my holiday list with characters or quotes from their favorite movies and television shows. They are easy to pick out and everyone loves T-shirts. What are some other great go-to gift ideas that you folks might have? I am always looking for new ideas. Also my easy go-to ideas include Ornaments- you can always find an ornament to represent something the person loves whether it is a character, a place, or a symbol.
My day can be summed up as a whole lot of taxi rides, up and down elevators and escalators and stairs, (by the way I was never so thankful for Elevator Service) and Pizza to end the day. So I am now on vacation and this is not a beach vacation where you wake up and head out to the pool for coffee and breakfast, then maybe a leisurely stroll and an afternoon of relaxing on the beach. This vacation is in New York City. There is so much to see and do we are go go go non-stop and constantly. I am usually one to always take the stairs but my feet are so tired I sit every change I get and I am looking for elevators.
Unless I had a month here in New York I would have to say the vacation would be super busy. I don’t know when I will be getting back again and I want to see and do it all. Tomorrow I must scale back and take things in a little slower so that I remember. I have learned that when you are in a moment you know will be a wonderful memory, stop and take a few deep breaths to soak it all in, because it is gone all too soon and you can’t fully appreciate it otherwise.
It is only a week until Black Friday. The traditional Black Friday that is. This year black Friday sales started a week early. Some retailers have been upset by this. If this continues pretty soon Black Friday could be year round. This might be nice for shoppers, I know I love a bargain. I really do not like to pay full price for items. This is because I know most things go on sale at some point, so why pay more than I have to?
The day after Thanksgiving I like to hang out at home and avoid stores. Today I will have to venture out to the grocery store at some point because I need to make pumpkin pies, my sister is having Thanksgiving for my side of the family the Saturday after. I suppose I will need to get my list together and organize what I need so I can buy it ahead of time but it seems with four children at home something always comes up. It is a good thing I have a daughter who like to bake and can do so with minimal supervision because baking is not my favorite thing to do.
It is getting so close to being the holidays and I can really feel it. There is snow on the ground. Granted a bit early this time of year but it is here none the less. Local ski hills are opening up as well. Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away. The day after is supposedly the biggest shopping day of the year. I am not sure it really has been the last couple of years but Black Friday is coming.
Ads are already out and can be previewed on line for those who want a sneak peek. I may just stay home this black Friday and make it a Friday fun day with my kids instead. I am not excited to give up holiday time to fight crowds. The last couple of years I have seen great deals in the weeks leading up to Christmas so I don’t feel the draw anymore. I would rather shop when there are not as many people out.
I suppose I will be helping the kids made Christmas lists in a few short weeks. It is always fun to glance at ads with them and listen to them discuss the latest toys.
I can feel it creeping in, the stress of this time of year. Every month there is some sort of Holiday to prepare for and it starts to get to me. The Fall is such a very busy time, school starts. It is time to clean out the closets, the garage, the shed. We have to mow and clean windows and rake the yard, over and over and over and over again! And then rake some more. We have quite a few very large trees, which are wonderful for the shade they provide but gosh darn they are messy.
Pretty Halloween will be here, then next month in November it is already Thanksgiving. I really love that holiday, it is nice to just sit around and eat and not have to tote gifts around or do any last minute shopping. Which bring me to December, here come Christmas, which is super fun and I love it so much but it takes a lot of work and preparation. So in the Fall I schedule myself massages in Orange County, I do one a month because it keeps me more relaxed and eases the stress. I use our budget for the last quarter and set aside money specifically for this. Because when Momma is stressed, it isn’t good at all. My family fairs better when I can have the time to relax and be pampered.