Thanksgiving in our home begins with thinking of family; where and what time to meet, and then what goodies to give and share.
On Thanksgiving day we take an early morning walk with my sister and niece, then meet with the Antl side of the family for dinner at 3 or 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. We take turns with my husband’s cousins hosting Thanksgiving in our homes.
About 30-35 members of our clan meet on Thanksgiving day bearing delightful delicacies, and we enjoy a wonderful pot luck dinner complete with turkey. My daughter has developed a secret recipe for deviled eggs and that is the delicious specialty we traditionally provide along with a relish tray.
This November we celebrated Thanksgiving at our cousin’s house in North Ridgeville, Ohio. They like to deep fry their turkeys and cooked up three of them. It was a beautiful day, unseasonably warm and this year our daughter’s boyfriend joined us again. Apparently, we haven’t scared him away — yet.
After Thanksgiving we start thinking about a newly created event called “Black Friday”. It jumpstarts business and gets many people to start seriously spending for the upcoming holiday. On Black Friday, special savings are offered on products within a limited time. I remember it becoming popular in Ohio around 2003.
I’m not a fan of Black Friday since it interrupts and overshadows traditional Thanksgiving and tends to focus folks’ attention on a shopping extravaganza. The stores are even starting to open at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving day to sell their wares. Humph!
On Black Friday eve, we go through the newspaper advertisements looking for sales that interest us and plan our trip. As much as I don’t like it, the savings are too good to pass up and we usually start shopping on Black Friday at about 5:00 a.m. I refuse to go on Thanksgiving day.
This year I went Black Friday shopping with my sister, daughter and her boyfriend at 5:30 a.m. We went to Kohl’s department store first, and we were out until 9:30 a.m. It was fun shopping together and we were exhausted by the time we got home. Time for a nap and a nice weekend ahead of us.