Black Friday at My House

Black Friday holds many traditions in my house – and not one of them includes shopping. In fact, I don’t remember ever shopping on Black Friday, even as a child.

Around here, Black Friday is Family Day. The Christmas tree and decorations go up. There’s cookie baking, eggnog drinking, and lots of singing along with the Christmas CDs.

Black Friday is my favorite day of the year. Not for the deals I can score in the stores, but for the memories I create with my children.

our christmas treeOur Christmas tree is so special to me. Yes, it’s a fake tree. And it’s pre-lit. I did the real tree thing a couple of years ago and learned several valuable lessons:

  • The Boy Scouts will screw you over. I paid for one tree, tagged it, and sent my husband after it in his truck. {I had no way to get it home and hubby wasn’t with me.} Someone switched the tag and gave my husband a Charlie Brown-looking  tree, complete with gaping holes.
  • Do not leave your real tree in the front yard while you wait for your husband to bring it in – especially if you have cats. We brought the tree in and the entire house smelled like cat pee. That tree went back outside and a new real tree was put in its place. At least the tree that smelled like cat pee wasn’t the pretty tree I had originally picked out.
  • Real trees shed, and it’s not good if you have little ones. I spent more hours pulling pine needles out of Parker’s hands, hair, and clothes than I ever care to again.
  • Stringing lights on a tree is a divorce-worthy activity. My husband and I almost never fight, but putting lights on the tree about did us in.
  • Cut trees cause you to throw your money away. At the end of the season – which for us was the day after Christmas that year – you toss the tree with the rest of the trash. Money down the drain if you ask me.

So, there will be no more real trees in the Vinez household. I’ll stick with the beautiful pre-lit tree we got from Hayneedle for as long as I can.

Anyway, back to my story… years ago, I had a very fancy tree: beautiful ornaments, lots of sparkles. It was the perfect grown-up girl’s tree.

Then, I started having kids. When Ashley was a baby, I started the tradition that I would buy her a “special” ornament every year. When she’s all grown up and moves out, she’ll have a box of ornaments to take with her and start her tree.

Through the years, hubby and I have continued the tradition with each of our kids. Only now, there are no fancy decorations left. The “special” ornaments make up the entire tree, and I just love it. The ribbons and bows are no longer purple and silver, and now we’ve switched to red and green. I even made a new bow to top the tree:

christmas bow tree topper
I just love everything about our Christmas tree.

For the first time in years, my husband was home to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Black Friday with us. It was awesome. Being in the grocery business – and at a store that’s open every day of the year except Christmas Day – it’s rare for him to get any time off. But, he was off by 11 on Thanksgiving morning and didn’t have to go back until Saturday morning. Made me that much more thankful that our Black Friday festivities included him again.

Because he was home, we got to do something else that we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time…..

{Get your mind out of the gutter!}

We took a family photo! On our mantle, we have a family photo. The last one taken of us. The youngest child in the photo is Lucy, and she was just barely over a year old. {And she had NO hair!} It’s needed updated for the longest time, but finding someone to snap the photo can prove quite difficult. But, we did it! And all thanks to my wonderful niece Samantha!

Here’s the picture that will now grace the top of our mantle:

our family picture

All in all, Black Friday was the perfect day around here.

Things will start to get a little more festive here on the blog, too. Be watching for a new design very soon. 🙂 {By the way – if you want a new Christmas design for your blog, I’d love to help you. Just contact me.}

How did you spend your Black Friday?