One Holiday Season Over, a New One Begins

Before we get going, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts last weekend. WordPress kept shutting me out, and I don’t know why. But it’s forgiven me now and I can post again.

Thanksgiving is over. All that’s left over are, well, a few leftovers. And, if we’re lucky, some good memories. Mr. Twistie and I wound up having a different holiday than we’d expected. The friend we were planning to visit came down with a nasty bronchial sludge she didn’t care to share, so we stayed home and made a few adjustments. We watched old movies, I made a delicious dinner, we ate until we were happily sated, he played a little guitar, and we finished our day playing with Jake the cat.

All in all, it was a good day. The memories are, indeed, happy.

The day after Thanksgiving I have a ritual. When I get up, I have coffee and pumpkin pie for breakfast… and then I don’t go shopping. When I worked retail I quickly learned that Black Friday and Christmas Eve are typically the angriest shopping days of the year and so I avoid buying anything more emotionally charged than a bottle of milk on those two days. Okay, we did break down and get Jake some crunchies, but we went to a grocery store that wasn’t in a mall.

Today I will most likely do my traditional change of holiday seasons activity:

I’ll watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. It never fails to get me into the right mood for the next few weeks.

How about all of you? How do you make the transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Kwanzaa/et al season? Do you have a tradition at all? I’d love to hear what you do.

4 Responses to “One Holiday Season Over, a New One Begins”

  1. Daria November 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Day after thanksgiving I put up the sad little pre-lit fake tree we have, that I love, and start playing the Christmas music. They both make me happy, not because they are pretty or aesthetically pleasing but because they just are. I avoid shopping and enjoy leftovers all weekend and then make soup. I try to stay in my pj’s for as much of the weekend as I can.

  2. Cat November 25, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    I like to do my grocery shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, because while everyone else is out pepper-spraying and head-butting their fellow shoppers at Best Buy and Wal-Mart, no one is at the grocery store.

  3. barbara November 25, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Avoiding the black friday shopping isn’t a hard and fast rule– it can be kind of fun with the right group of friends IMO– though it’s my plan this year!

    I usually kind of transition from fall/ thanksgiving to Christmas by putting on christmas music. It was a rule in my house growing up that christmas music couldn’t be played before thanksgiving, but that it came on after that. It’s amazing how that helps change my mood!

    I also usually try to fit in some holiday shows– my church does a big musical show, and It’s always fun to catch the Nutcracker with a good friend.

  4. dcsurfergirl November 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    This year, I just couldn’t face Thanksgiving evening or Black Friday shopping so I took a mental health break at my local Macy’s on Wednesday evening. I had way too much fun at the MAC counter but it was worth it.