Today is “Black Friday” here in the States, but I won’t be out shopping. Don’t worry, I’ve done my part to help the economy already. (This year I vowed I’d get most of my Christmas shopping done in November!) Thing is, I’ve never been able to wrap my mind around the idea of waking up in the dark hours of the morning so I can stand outside a store — in the cold, wind and sometimes SNOW! — only to get bruised and elbowed as hordes of customers fight to squeeze through a door, race inside like a pack of rabid teens at a Miley Cyrus concert and grab whatever electronic gadget or nifty gizmo is on super sale today for One Hour Only.
Instead, I’m staying in bed until a decent (late) hour…then, I’m staying inside my cozy little house for the whole rest of the day. I’m making a pot of hot cinnamon spice tea. I’m eating leftover turkey and stuffing (and mashed potatoes and corn and salad and maple-syrup-glazed sweet potatoes and pumpkin ice cream and…). I’m watching mindless TV programming or some fun DVDs (I do believe it’s time once again for all 6 hours of “Pride & Prejudice” with Colin Firth ) and I’m listening to music I like. I’m also saying my Post-Thanksgiving Thank-Yous.
Thanks for the abundance of leftovers. Thanks for the warm house to stay in. Thanks for the choice to sleep late if I want to and the opportunity to be a lazy little being all day long. Thanks for the time spent with family and friends in the week leading up to this day. Thanks for their good health and for ours. Thanks for the joy of getting to share the stories that mean something to me with readers everywhere. And thanks to all the authors and friends — online and in person — who have been supportive, encouraging and kind all year long…and have given me new novels to enjoy, new posts to read, new thoughts to consider since last Thanksgiving weekend.
Whether or not you live in the States or celebrate this holiday, I’m saying thank you to you…and wishing you many good things to be grateful for in the coming months!
Do you have a blessing you find yourself especially appreciative of this weekend? I’d love to hear…