I've never gone shopping on Black Friday, it's just not my thing. For many
years we've celebrated my daughter's birthday on the day after Thanksgiving because we are already with family and the date is usually very close. That's also another reason I need to plan ahead. Planning & the internet has been a tremendous help over the years for me to be able to keep my sanity and enjoy the holidays.
For me, the holidays are not about shopping, food or decorations; the holidays are about loving people. So I want the shopping, the food and the decorations to express love, but it doesn't work if I'm frazzled & stressed out. There were times when I tried to do too much and ended up frustrated. So that is how I developed a plan to enjoy the holidays.
The Plan has a title: Peace & Love for All
The list begins in late Oct. or early Nov. The decorations are minimal but have been gradually collected over the years giving them the feeling of tradition. The kid's help decorate. The cyber shopping begins the week after Thanksgiving (as well as cards) so I can plan to do any store shopping that might be necessary by the 2nd week of Dec. Never took the little kids shopping with me, grandma usually helped them make gifts. Then all that's left are the email cards and the meal planning, which are easy. Now that my kids help with cooking I can enjoy the holidays even more.
So this holiday season I'd like to encourage you to stress less, enjoy more, and spread the love & peace to all. May your lists be complete and your cyber shopping efficient & productive so your time can be spent in the ways that give your holidays the most value to you and your family.