Putting up Christmas Lights and Singing Carols

Dad puts up the Christmas tree lights.

Dad puts up the Christmas tree lights.

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I meant to blog about Thanksgiving back in Jachin, but I got caught up with all the stuff I had to do that I didn’t have time.  Maybe next year.  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.

I also like Black Friday.  We refused to shop on Thursday evening because we wish that retailers would let their employees have the whole day off to hang out with their family.  When I was first out of college, I had about 3 jobs in Huntsville.  One of them was a retail job.  I drove down to Jachin to spend it with the family, and then had to drive the 250 miles back up to Huntsville after we ate because I had to work Black Friday.  At least I got to spend most of the day with my family.

Last Friday around 6:30 a.m., I drove to get my teenage niece, and we took Princess Buttercup on her first Black Friday shopping trip!  We all had fun, even though we only bought a few things like craft supplies and some shoes for Princess.

This weekend, Princess Buttercup got Lefty to go into the attic and bring down all of our Christmas decorations.  We played Christmas music while we decorated.  It seems so weird that it is December already!

We follow the same “rules” that Mom had for us when we were growing up in rural south Alabama:

  1. No Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.
  2. No Christmas carols will be played until after Thanksgiving.

Mom used to tease Aunt Joyce for playing her Christmas carols in September! 

We have seen lots of these rule-breakers as we go down the road.  Some of the nicer subdivisions had their rooftop strands up mid-November.  Other people had their whole lawn a-glow. 

What about you all?  What are your traditions for putting up decorations and singing carols?

I watch Dad put up the lights.

I watch Dad put up the lights.

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