In my family, there is a very strict, “No Christmas before Thanksgiving” rule. It’s that we don’t like getting in the holiday spirit, it’s that if we start, we won’t stop and then Thanksgiving will be completely overlooked.

Now you might think that this causes a lot of stress when we only have a month to get in gear for the holiday season but it doesn’t. Since I was a child our rule made the Friday after Thanksgiving a really special family time. We didn’t go fight other people for doorbuster deals, we put on Christmas music, heated up some leftovers and broke out the Christmas decorations.

It caused us to be more excited about the limited time we had to get excited. All of the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season was less of an annoyance because we were spending so much more time together as a family.

This might stress some people out and that’s ok, my family is big so putting the decorations up went very quickly, this might not be possible for smaller families. What others can take away from this, is maybe take some time to slow down, sit around and be together on the Friday after Thanksgiving. You won’t need to cook anyway; there are plenty of leftovers in the fridge.