Thanksgiving evening, 2011.
I'm sleepy, tired and still full of pumpkin pie. The day was bright and sunny but I didn't get a chance to stick my nose out the door. I decided to checked my email since it was the only thing I could think of that didn't take much physical exertion.Considering that the dishes are still piled on the counter, it seemed like a good alternative.
So... when what to my wondering eyes should appear... an ad for Black Friday and one for CyberMonday. And one for right now - Thanksgiving evening. One for Small Business Saturday. And one for all next week. The sad part is that these are not the first ads out for Christmas. The shopping frenzy has been gearing up since Halloween - the new kick off for the holiday season, I guess.
I remember when Christmas season started a couple of weeks before Christmas. It was fun to rush and get things done and put up the tree a few days before the big day. Then they moved it back to Thanksgiving and we had four weeks or so to get things done. Looking back, it's kind of funny. We didn't seem to gain anything by having more time to shop and have Christmas parties and decorate. Somehow, things kept filling the calendar.
Well, I hope someone benefits from the extended season now. Maybe some of you have a few more days to get ready for a party or to find that special gift, or even to make a gift or two. I hope so. Nothing comes so sincerely from the heart than something made with the hands.
Frugal Holiday Gift Ideas
Gift Basket Ideas
That's just to get you started. Try this link to get serious about it: Homemade Christmas Gifts Twenty five or thirty or more articles chock full of Christmas ideas.
Happy holidays! (Yes, already!)