This year on Thanksgiving, I'll have 23 family members at my house for a traditional feast. For this I am extremely grateful. My husband's smoking the turkey, I'll do the mashpotatoes and everyone else brings the goodies that will make it a complete meal. I'm looking forward to my sister-in-law's cream-cheese corn and my mother-in-law's sweet potatoe casserole. My mom's pumpkin pies, made from scratch, are the stuff legends are made of. This year I won't worry quite so much about overeating, because the following week I'll be running a marathon in Dallas.
When the meal is over, some of the family will leave to meet up with their spouse's family members. My sisters, sister-in-law and I, will gather around the Black Friday ads and start planning our shopping attack on Friday.
I hate that the stores are opening at midnight etc. these days. It takes some of the fun out of the Black Friday experience. The earliest I've been in line for a sale was 4:00 a.m. NORMALLY, we meet at Michaels at 6:00 a.m. and spend the entire day together shopping. We do 90% of our shopping on that day. When we were younger, we'd gather at my brother's house afterwards and wrap the gifts. Now days, we finish up around 8:00 p.m. and call it a day.
Our Thanksgiving planning of our Black Friday shopping is a holiday tradition I cherish. What are some of your favorite family traditions?