Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

Can we listen to Christmas music yet? It is a question that I am always asked sometime in October. The answer is always the same, “No, not until the day of Thanksgiving.”

Every year, my kids look forward to the day after Thanksgiving with excitement. It is the day that Christmas begins. We pull the decorations out of the attic and spend the day decorating the tree and house. We listen to Christmas music, drink hot cocoa, and graze on leftover Thanksgiving treats. From this day on Christmas music, movies, and books come out to be enjoyed whenever anyone desires a taste of the season.

This day also reminds them of everything else that they look forward to during the Christmas season. In a few days, we’ll begin our annual Christmas countdown. Each day, a small decorated box will be opened revealing the memory of a prophecy fulfilled and a fun treat. It may be as simple as a quarter or a piece of chocolate or as exciting as a special family night out.

In a few days, we will also take the month off of school, preferring instead to focus on the season. We read Christmas books each day and share an annual favorite each evening. We will bake goodies, enjoy fun crafts together, and attend local plays and concerts. It is a whirlwind of celebration and fun.

This is what Black Friday means to my kids and why it is so special. It is the beginning.

photo by krisdecurtis @

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The Four Week Vegan said...

I hear that too. My dd-15 has Christmas songs on her iPod and I know she has been listening to them for over a week now - I catch her singing them. We have a Christian radio station here that plays Christmas songs the whole day from Black Friday through Christmas - our radio will be tuned there daily.

You certainly sound like you have started some wonderful Christmas traditions :)