Thanksgiving is undoubtedly my favorite holiday. Good food, football on the television and not one ounce of gift-giving pressure.
I am a terrible shopper. I wince at the thought of “hitting” the mall. I might as well walk up and bang my head on the bricks outside the building. That’s how I would define hitting it.
I freeze up and draw a blank when trying to think of what to buy someone.
This could be the year when everyone gets a variation on a theme. My mother does that and I think it’s a brilliant idea. We have all given my parents plenty of children and now a few great-grandchildren. My mother has simplified Christmas by always buying books for everyone (she’s a retired librarian) and then one other thing. Two years ago it was really nice house shoes. We left their home, with full bellies, engaged brains and toasty tootsies.
But I’m getting ahead of myself which is exactly the point of this column. Kudos to the companies refusing to bow to whatever pressure is prevailing and opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day to pre-Black Friday shoppers. I thought it was bad enough when stores opened at midnight, but moving the time up to Thanksgiving evening. That’s crazy.
I only Black Friday “shopped” once and about thirty minutes into the throng I knew it was crazy! I don’t need any electronics or candles or pairs of shoes so bad I’m willing to brave the traffic and brave the crowds.
I am looking forward to Small Business Saturday; you’ll find me out and about in Neosho that day. I have plenty of ideas for shopping our local small businesses. I’m walking into that excursion with no pre-conceived ideas. It will be a simple “show me what you’ve got experience.”
If you don’t think you can find something beautiful and amazing from local, small businesses, then you apparently didn’t get a chance to check out the annual Carver Craft Show. We have talent galore in this area and for two days they were almost all inhabiting Carver Elementary.
Enjoy yourself this Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for: incredible PTOs, small businesses that support our community, a rich heritage, and beautifully mild weather so far this November.
Eat your stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie. There are no calories allowed in any food item from 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving day up through 11:59 that night. At least that’s my understanding of how it works within the Neosho city limits.
Happy Holiday – singular – this one; we’ll get to Christmas soon enough.
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Lori Marble writes a weekly column for the Daily News.