The Naughty Elf On The Shelf

Naughty Elf On The Shelf

It’s December so the Elf on the Shelf is back! If you’re like me, pics of this little guy are floating across all of your social media timelines. If you’re not familiar with the Elf on the Shelf, it’s an ingenious little tool for parents around Christmas.  Your elf comes to visit you just after the Thanksgiving holiday (we do it the day after, I know others that wait till December 1st).  Each day the elf … Continue reading

No Shop On Thanksgiving Pledge

No Shop On Thanksgiving

A couple of years ago, I posted the following status to Facebook: “Anyone going “Black Friday” shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday will be judged harshly. You’re part of the problem. Your family & the family of those employees is more important than a $10 DVD player.” That status led to a slew of comments which I recapped here: Black Friday Shopping On Thanksgiving… Please Don’t. As we’re getting toward that time of year again I feel compelled … Continue reading

Black Friday Shopping On Thanksgiving… Please Don’t

Black Friday Women

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day.  It’s often thought of as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, though in reality we’ve been slammed with Christmas sales since well before Halloween.  In the last few years we’ve seen a very disturbing trend where most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered Black Friday deals to kick start the holidays.  This really pisses me off. … Continue reading

The Missing Elf on the Shelf

Missing Elf On The Shelf

The Elf On The Shelf is an ingenious little tool for parents around Christmas.  Apparently it’s been a thing for years but I’d been oblivious up until the last couple of years when “Charlie” came to our family to watch over G & C.  If you’re not familiar with the The Elf on the Shelf let me tell you a little about it. Your elf comes to visit you just after the Thanksgiving holiday (we do … Continue reading

Time To Join The Fryers Club

Fried Turkey

It’s that time of year… Thanksgiving is almost here!  It’s a time to give thanks, to see family and friends and to gorge yourself on way too much turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and that dish your aunt always brings that no one likes but they take a bit just to be nice. We’re lucky enough to have both sides of our family close, and luckier still that everyone gets along 😉  Just as we did … Continue reading

Now I Know How Griswold Feels

Christmas Tree

Growing up we always had an artificial Christmas tree (my mom hated it when I called it “fake”).  Part of the reason we had a fake tree was dad and I were both allergic to real ones.  Each year right after Thanksgiving we’d go down in the basement and pull all the decorations out of the crawl space and within a couple of hours we’d have our home decorated for the holidays. Now that I’ve … Continue reading

Christmas Lights Before Thanksgiving

Christmas Lights

I have to say that normally Christmas lights up before Thanksgiving really irritates me.  Traditionally, A and I have put up our Christmas tree (and associated decorations) either the day after Thanksgiving or at the very latest Saturday or Sunday.  This year I’m sorry to say that I’m a complete offender of my own rule.  While I don’t have my Christmas tree up yet, we’ve had a couple of BEAUTIFUL weekends in a row and … Continue reading