We stayed home for Thanksgiving weekend this year, so my Black Friday plans include:
- Sleeping late in my own bed.
- Exercising off some of the overabundance of Thanksgiving food I ate.
- Eating even more of said Thanksgiving food for lunch and/or dinner, now in the guise of leftovers.
- Finding time in front of my computer to catch up on work.
- Cajoling my kids into doing some of their homework so we’re not faced with the dreaded Sunday night, “Oh calamity! I have X, Y, and Z due at school tomorrow and I was supposed to be working on it over all of Thanksgiving vacation!”
I won’t be heading out to do any Black Friday shopping. I don’t like crowds. Also, I’m not organized enough to have crafted a Christmas list at this point. Nor am I organized enough to have researched which stores are offering the best deals.
For me, Black Friday isn’t an important shopping day. But it IS important because, every year, this is the day that ushers in the Christmas season. I’m a one-holiday-at-a-time person. So I focus on Halloween. And then I focus on Thanksgiving. And now — on Black Friday — my focus shifts to the best of all holidays…. Christmas.
Have you spotted a few signs of the upcoming Christmas season where you live?
I visited the Galleria Mall here in Dallas yesterday and saw that they’d already set up this beauty….
One very eager neighbor of mine has already decorated their house with Christmas lights….
I’m a mom of three kids, ages 14, 12, 6. From here on out, I’ll need to pace myself diligently to accomplish Christmas decorating, cards, shopping, vacation prep, school programs, church commitments, and more.
I typically kick things off by having my kids fill out the below wish list, which always helps me focus my gift giving plans. You can bet that my fingertips will be poised on my lap top and ready to go on Cyber Monday!
There’s only ONE Christmas item that I’ve already accomplished on this Black Friday of 2015.
I’ve written a Christmas story.
I wanted to have something to give my readers this year, so back in August I began thinking about/planning/penning a Christmas short story called The Proposal. It just might feature singing firefighters, a cookie party, plenty of Christmas cheer, and a marriage proposal. 😉
Between now and December 3rd, I’m offering the story free to my newsletter subscribers. If you already subscribe to my e-newsletter, you should have received The Proposal already. If you’re not a subscriber yet, but would like to read the story — wonderful! I’d love that. Simply subscribe via the boxes below, hit the ‘confirm’ button in the email you’ll be sent, and the story will automatically land in your email inbox.
I truly hope that you enjoy this sweet, heartwarming, romantic story!