I'm a firm believer in not getting ready for Christmas until Thanksgiving has its day. The day after Thanksgiving, let the holiday season festivities begin. We always get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, and this year was no different. We cut our own, drink a cup of hot cider and sit by the bonfire. We start listening to Christmas music, our stockings are hung by the mantle, and the garland adorns the stair rail. We go to see The Nutcracker (an annual family tradition - I highly recommend seeing the Boulder Ballet/Boulder Symphony's production - always the first weekend after Thanksgiving).
And now, we sit back and enjoy: the lights in the neighborhood, the excitement of buying presents for loved ones, the Choir and Orchestra concerts, Irish Dance Recitals, Music Recitals, and Holiday Programs. This is such a fun time of year. I hope all of you have a chance to slow down and enjoy every moment of this wonderful time of the year.