Nov 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Traditions

A week from now most of us will be enjoying time with our families for Thanksgiving. A holiday where traditions that have been passed down are dusted off and enjoyed. I remember waking up with my mom at the butt crack of dawn to throw our turkey in. It's something the two of us did for years. I remember my dad sneaking into the kitchen to taste food in between the Lions and Cowboys games. I remember being sooo excited to see all the floats during the Macy's parade. This was our thing. We ate around 3 and again every hour after that, lol!

Once I became an adult, I tried to keep up with the traditions. Even moreso when I had kids. I wake up early, put in the turkey and watch the parade with my kids and later the football games with the hubs. My best friend and I would leave around 11:30pm to stand in line at stores to get the best deals. It was our thing. You see, back then {because it was so damn long ago} stores didn't open until midnight and some at 4am on Friday. It was something we enjoyed. There was a time or two we battle the crowds at WalMart and Target but mostly it was Old Navy, Gap, and Abercrombie that always had the best deals.

This is us a few years ago sitting out front of Gap, alone, eating Cinnabon waiting for them to open at 5am.
This tradition that my best friend and I made is something I will always treasure. Our kids were asleep, husbands in food comas, laid out on the couch and then us. Enjoying girl time, hopped up on sugary cinnamon rolls and Starbucks waiting to snag a pair of jeans for our kids for $5. We would get home around 7, just in time to cook breakfast and then we would crash for a couple hours. That's how it went. I was sad to read that Old Navy was opening its doors on Thanksgiving at 4pm. What happened to family time? What happened to my best friend and I sitting out front at 5am Friday waiting for the doors to open and laughing about how crazy we were to be the only ones out there. You're opening on Thanksgiving? Hell, at 4pm I'm probably just finishing my second plate of food. It saddens me. There are tons of stores opening on Thanksgiving and I refuse to shop there. If I miss the deals, oh well. There are some things you just don't mess with. Family time is one of them.

So many people aren't able to spend the holidays with their families. I'm going to cherish every moment with my family that I can. I thank the thousands of men and women who are doctors, nurses, hospital staff, firemen and police who work these holidays. They are saving lives, taking care of people who are sick. The sacrifice is appreciated. I also thank those in the military abroad and their families back home who can't spend time together for the holidays. You all, as well, are appreciated.

So this is what I'm going to do and if you do it, I would love to hear about it. I'm going to take my kids to the hospital near us and the fire station and do something nice for them. Just a thank you to those who HAVE to be at work saving lives. Thank you to those protecting our country who can't make it home. You all deserve a little of my family time on Thanksgiving.
I won't be shopping on Thanksgiving.


  1. I completely agree with you. Most of the fun of Black Friday shopping is standing out in the cold at dark-thirty in the morning waiting for stores to open, drinking hot chocolate with your friends/family and laughing about how silly you must look and that you should be at home in bed, warm and cozy. That's fun! I will not be shopping on Thursday as it's the hub's only day off for the holiday - and probably not on Friday either. Even though that's a pay day for me...hmmmm. Maybe I need to look at the ads to see what I might be missing. Have fun with your friend in the wee hours of Friday morning!

    1. I actually moved away from all my close friends a few years ago :( So I will be online shopping. I don't go out much anymore unless it's something that's worth it. But even still, it will be Friday, not Thursday lol.

  2. I completely agree, I never really did Black Friday shopping though unless it was online so I wont be doing anything differently... BUT, if I did I wouldn't be going that early, that's just crazy! My whole family plays board games or something around 4-5 on thanksgiving day and its not something I'd ever, ever miss if I didn't have to!

  3. There is no $4 toaster oven that will make me get up at 4am on my day off...sorry, I'll spend the time with my family and my food. Mostly my food:)

  4. I am sad about the stores opening on Thanksgiving day too :( I think I'm just going to shop on Cyber Monday instead. I used to do the Black Friday thing with my sisters. Me and baby sis would mostly go to watch our middle sister lose her mind, hah. She was one to throw elbows and act a fool in public. Me and baby sis always ended up in line somewhere where no one else was to grab some other awesome deals. This year our town is trying to get together to take Thanksgiving foods to the police station and fire station and the hospital in the next town. I think this is going to be a new tradition for our family.

  5. I can't BELIEVE people are opening on Thanksgiving. All I can think about are the employees at those stores that must get into fights about who has to work. Granted, some people may want to make holiday pay or work extra hours, but that saddens me too :(

    Thanksgiving is for eating. And family. And eating.

  6. I totally agree! My parents work at a nuclear power plant which never closes so there were a few holidays growing up where they had to work. It royally sucked and made me so sad. Thankfully they're in positions now that they get to take the day off, but my mother in law who works at Kmart has to work Thanksgiving day. There is no amount of "stuff" that would ever be more important to me than my family, and I really really hate the fact that there are so many people with retail jobs that will have to miss out on family time so consumers can save a few bucks. I've never really been a Black Friday shopper, and I sure as hell won't ever be a Thanksgiving day shopper.

  7. The Thanksgiving shopping thing is crazy! I used to work at a medical facility so we had to stay open. I remember everyone had to work one big holiday per year and a few folks would work extras for the extra money. I hope everyone stays home so the stores lose money by having employees work Thanksgiving.

  8. I agree I don't think that stores should open on Thanksgiving day. I feel really bad for the people that have to work instead of being able to spend it with their family.
    I think that is a sweet and awesome idea about doing something for those you serve us it nice to do something for them.
    I got that jacket in today and I love it. I think I am going to order the brown one is I get some Christmas money. Its a little snug but hoping it will stretch the more I wear it.
    thanks for sharing that great find


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