Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving - Almost Winter


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Happy Thanksgiving to everybody out in blog land today!

For my friends from afar, who maybe don't celebrate this holiday, allow me to explain. Today, in the US, lots of folks have traveled home to be with their families, where everybody enjoys a traditional holiday meal. We sit down to turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pies while enjoying our family and friends. There's also a big parade in New York which is played on TV and a lot of people have off from work, some both today and tomorrow, when we have something called "Black Friday" which is actually the start of the Christmas shopping season. It's a very big event in the US, with almost everybody celebrating this traditional holiday in some way, even if it's just having a bit of turkey.

Today also marks a big cold front moving into the Austin area and I'm actually kind of excited about this since I want my allergies to go the way of summer and be gone. I'm hoping the cooler weather will bring in not only coats, mittens, and a bit of frost, but an end to my allergies which have been quite severe this autumn season. Here's hoping, right?

I'm happy to report that the cold front is almost here. Yay! Also, I'm fully stuffed with my holiday meal--the key lime pie was great but the mashed potatoes and roast? Oh, that was tops. I'm totally full and fed--fat, dumb, and happy now.

I hope that, if you're in the US you are enjoying your holiday meal with friends and family and that this Thanksgiving finds you safe and happy. Safe travels to all and happy eating as well.

Thanksgiving also marks a time for us to pay thanks for what we have. Personally speaking, I'm thankful for my family, my great little buddy Chase, my artist buddies everywhere, my photographer friends, my cameras, paint, brushes, computers and all of the stuff that brings you the behind the scenes items to make up this website, as well as the men and women who are bravely serving their country and community, either overseas, as part of the armed forces, or those first responders who we count on every day to help keep us safe. You're all wonderful and I'm thankful for each and every one of you.

Another tradition on Thanksgiving is that we take an afternoon nap and I'm going to go and do that right now. I'm a bit tired and want to nap now so again, Happy Thanksgiving everybody and don't forget to get all of your naps in before we have to go to work again on Monday.

Until next time...

2 comments:

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Pleased you had a good day. I don't think I knew about 'Black Friday', and am surprised the Christmas shopping season starts with only four weeks to go! I mean, it seems perfectly sensible to me personally, but Christmas advertisements have been on our TV since mid October, and decorations / gifts in the shops since about the same time!

As I said to you recently, it wasn't until reading Eat, Pray, Love, that I learned that Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what you're thankful for. Perhaps that sounds a little dense on my part - but what I mean is I thought it was a time to give thanks for the year's harvests. (We have 'harvest festival' for that reason in September.) Anyway, now I know the truth, and I think it's a beautiful tradition. I hope you're feeling very content (not to mention over-stuffed!) after reflecting on your lot!

Janice. x

Carol said...

Thanks, Janice!

Yes, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and reflecting upon what we're thankful for.

As far as the holiday stuff, yes, we're pushing it up more and more each year. I swear it seems like it starts in September, doesn't it?

But, Black Friday and now Cyber Monday is a big shopping day regardless, since it's the day most of the stores have big sales. They also have "doorbuster" sales where you have to get there at like 3 am (I'm not exaggerating about the time!) because the sale lasts from 3-4 am (that sort of thing.) They give deeply discounted prices for a limited time and people go crazy. Last year, several people were killed in a stampede at a WalMart store in NY. It's that crazy.

Having the four days off from work is making me very happy!