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What we'll be doing on 'Black Friday' this year--join in! 
 
Nov. 13, 2011 9:17 am 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 11:58 am
I love Allrecipes' Respect the Bird campaign, and you can find more information about it here: http://respectthebird.com/.  I've never been one to battle the crowds at midnight on Thanksgiving to get "the best deals" on items that won't be remembered the next year.
I can only remember one toy I received on Christmas as a child.  This year, it is my hope that our family will savor the meaning of Thanksgiving and avoid the distractions of the hustle and bustle just to spend money the day after.
We'll be doing a Thankful Tree this year, where my daughters will designate each leaf as something they appreciate.  We'll enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at my sweet mother-in-law's house, and feel full and lazy after.  We'll allow the simplicity of the day to give us permission to sit and talk with our family, and then nap late in the afternoon.  When we wake, we'll go back into the kitchen to graze on leftovers, without feeling like we have somewhere else to go.
I can't wait.  Turkey, stuffing, salads, and desserts of all kinds are on my plate for Thanksgiving.  Leftovers will find their way into turkey, cranberry sauce, and brie sandwiches and turkey taco soup.  'Black Friday' will mean nothing to us, because we'll still be celebrating what and why we are thankful.  It's the ONE holiday per year where we are allowed to do. absolutely. nothing. and eat, drink, and be with loved ones.  Why rush through it?
Christmas means more than gifts, anyway.  Respect not only the bird, but your time off from life's distractions.  Creating more stress just to buy the 'cool' toy, or sweater that won't last only diminishes the importance of being thankful.  Your family will thank you for focusing on them--when was the last time we were able to stop for an entire day?  This is the goodness of Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to hear how you've pledged to Respect the Bird this year.  Have a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving season!

Links:
Thankful tree:  http://go.tipjunkie.com/tg/22/www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/11/27/the-thankful-tree/<

"Turkey" Taco soup (just use leftover turkey) recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-taco-soup/detail.aspx<
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Nov. 13, 2011 10:19 am
That is exactly what we do every year! I have never shopped on Black Friday. In fact, I don't even start Christmas shopping until well into December. Enjoy your day with your loved ones! :-)
 
Nov. 13, 2011 10:34 am
I will be respecting the bird this year. This year for Thanksgiving my family will be with us for the first time in ages. I will be making most of everything, especially the desserts from scratch and enjoying what Thanksgiving offers. On Black Friday my husband, daughter, and I drive to the East County to a fresh Christmas Tree Farm and pick out our Christmas Tree and it has become our tradition. No shopping for us.....
 
Nov. 13, 2011 1:03 pm
Day after Thanksgiving is the day I put up the Christmas tree, just a small one, no big effort. I try hard to avoid shopping malls. I shop all year long when I see something appropriate, I nab it. I do a lot of catalog and on line shopping. QVC is my best friend. I hate malls, it is hard for me to walk great distances. Despite that I still work (I am a senior citizen) at a job that requires a good deal of walking. So when I am off, my feet are up! I spend time with my grandchildren making treats and ornaments and cards for the various holidays. That is what is important to me and yes I believe they will remember those times and items far after the memory of a random toy has faded.
 
Nov. 13, 2011 1:41 pm
I love your idea of making a Thankful Tree. I wouldn't go anywhere near a store on Black Friday for any reason at all, ever! I find the whole commercialization of Christmas distasteful. Too many people have lost the whole point because it is buried under Santa, trees, greed, excess and stress. Of course, we exchange gifts and have parties and I love seeing friends and family, but we all try to keep it much simpler and we start by giving the kids Advent calendars and remind them that the day is a religous celebration. Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now.
 
Nov. 13, 2011 2:07 pm
Advent calendars are the best for kids. I bought my grandkids one which is made from wood in the shape of a house, you open a door or window for each day and there is an ornament inside each portal. There is a small christmas tree included upon which to place these ornaments. Their anticipation each day is heart warming. They know that the meaning of the season is not material but religous, but of course they don't turn down the presents either They love their nativity sets and look forward to assembling them each year too.
 
Nov. 13, 2011 2:36 pm
You know my favorite story from last year was Mother Ann's Thanksgiving. The electricity was off and the family sat around talking, then the electricity came back on and one of the younger kids turned the lights back off and requested to keep talking. How cool is that? Plus, I got an awesome recipe, Blackberry brandy cranberry sauce from her blog.
 
Nov. 13, 2011 4:57 pm
I will be setting at home watching TV on black Friday.
 
Nov. 14, 2011 4:18 am
Honestly most that stuff they sell the day after is junk anyway. If we have nice weather we usually do something outdoors...like go for a long bike ride or hike, or kayaking...which is what we did last year. Unfortunately my two sons still at home are in college and work part time jobs...so they usually are working the day after in all that mess. In fact my youngest was told the pizza place he works at is open on Thanksgiving...so he may have to work on that day also. My DIL has to work on Thanksgiving, she works in the hotel industry. Lots of tourist here staying at hotels that weekend...no one gets to take off, especially upper management. I think it is a shame...but it is what it is. I'm just thankful to still have my parents around...I miss my husbands mother and father not being around anymore.
 
Nov. 14, 2011 6:01 am
I think Black Friday is a sad reminder of Americas' love of commercialism. I have not and will not participate in "sucker" shopping.
 
Nov. 14, 2011 7:31 am
Now I'm gonna hafta google "Thankful Tree" because that sounds WONDERFUL! No gift shopping for me on Thanksgiving Friday. I may drop in a whole foods store while we're on our way out of the city just to see if they have Norwegian Gjetost cheese so that I can avoid ordering it over the internet, but who else is going to be looking for obscure ingredients on that day- the store just might be almost empty! I have to make a good use of our brief time in civilization and get the things that I can't find at home in the country. The closest Whole Foods store is two hours from home...
 
Nov. 14, 2011 9:12 am
I love all of your comments and ideas! It sounds like you will have a fantastic Thanksgiving season ; )
 
Nov. 27, 2011 8:02 pm
jrbaker, I just wanted to let you know that I went back today to that cookie post, where you posted your cherry cookie recipe, and I saved that recipe. It looks excellent. I try to pick only 3 or 4 cookies to make a year for Christmas, and this is going to be one of them. Thanks a lot!
 
Nov. 28, 2011 11:58 am
GREAT Marcella, I hope you enjoy it! You can also use regular chocolate chips instead of the chopped chunks.
 
 
 
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Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
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