Tonawanda News — ONE: Shop early. I don’t care how annoying sales billed as Christmas events in early November are. The earlier you get your Christmas shopping — to whatever scale you like — done, the more you can focus on what’s really cool about the holiday. And it’s not pushing through crowds of other shoppers at that big box store on Dec. 24.
(Unless you enjoy that kind of thing. See rule 1A: Only do the whole Black Friday thing because you want to, not in the faint hope of scoring that rare dohickey at the super-discounted rate for Junior. That way lies madness. I’ve been shopping several times early on the so-called Black Friday, scored some deals and had a ball — but that was hand-in-hand with no absolute must-haves, an accompanying friend and a great deal of humor involved.)
TWO: Don’t skip Thanksgiving.
Poor holiday. When did it become the briefest stopping point in the headlong rush from Halloween to Christmas? Maybe it’s because its decorations, if they exist at all, tend toward the historical and boring, it doesn’t even have a carol to its name and only the grocery stores care if shoppers are going to blow big bucks on the day. (If Thanksgiving presents were in vogue, I bet we’d have Turkey Day carols pretty darned quick)
But I like the day. I like cooking the traditional (or not-so-traditional ... I made jambalaya one holiday) meal. I like seeing my family. I like watching whatever football game is on. I like relaxing with a glass of wine after all the guests have gone home. (You won’t find me out shopping that night, even if I deign to approach a store the day after.)
Christmas and its festivities can have their due, but I’ll devote one low-key day to appreciating what I have before I go acquiring more, thank you very much.