I used to work retail for many years. Even when I moved up to the corporate offices, many times I was asked to work in the stores on Black Friday or during the Christmas shopping season. That is not a part of my life anymore, and I was so thankful to sleep in this morning.
Today was decorating day, and it was relaxing, calm, and productive. I forced myself to vacuum the house last night after everyone left so I could wake up to a reasonably clean house, well at least there wasn't any food on the floor.
By 9:30 am, everyone was feed, clothed, and had their teeth brushed. Then my husband, pulled all nine Christmas decoration boxes down from the attic. The girls and I decorated the tree with Christmas music in the background and sipping warm apple cider. Then my five year old niece came over, and played with my girls, they had a blast and I finished the rest of the job.
I think it helped that last year I forced myself streamlined our decorations. I have scaled it down to the Christmas tree, the snow village I have collected for years, and the Nativity set. I used cuttings from our red berry Nandina bush to add natural greenery through the house. I also took pictures of how my snow village was set up, so it took the guess work out of that task.
Tomorrow, I will pull out my Christmas list and get busy, but I feel really good about today. I think I just started a new Christmas tradition in our house:
Boycott Black Friday and establish "Decorating Day".