The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I’m not apologizing for anything, but my last post was pretty negative. Now that Harry Potter came out and everyone has probably already seen it, we can all move on with our real lives, which includes my favorite holiday Thanksgiving.

Now days it seems like we are almost forgetting about Thanksgiving. Christmas decorations are out in the stores earlier and earlier every year, not to mention the commercials and music creeping into our lives sooner and more frequently. For some people, it’s is nothing but the official start to the Christmas season. Well Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is only about two simple things: food and family. Christmas and Halloween each have a million different aspects: from commercialism to religion and everything in between. Thanksgiving might have some pretty odd roots, but it is the purest holiday we have, and that’s why it’s my favorite.

The Landwehrs always meet for lunch. We’ve had to change the location from Grandma’s house to someone else’s because the family is constantly growing. The menu, however, never ever changes: turkey, mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, stuffing, corn, homemade bread, green beans, homemade jam, and pumpkin pie. After lunch there is a slumber party always involving at least one uncle falling asleep in a recliner. Then we have a conference to decide what movie to attend that night. Such a simple schedule but never dull. After the movie it’s straight to bed because we all have a very, very early morning.

Yes, ladies and gentleman I am talking about Black Friday. I am a 4 year veteran of the madness and I can’t get enough of it. This is one of the best spectacles out there. No matter what, my mind is blown by something. It’s a circus show for me, purely for entertainment. Usually, I don’t even need anything, but I take part because the atmosphere is unlike anything on earth. When else can you see men fighting over dolls, kids dragged by the collar, and a Wal-Mart parking lot overflowing at 4am? All for the deals. I’ve known people who have gone to the outlets at the lake for their opening at midnight after thanksgiving, shop for awhile, then make it back to Jeff City by 4 or 5 am for the deals here. Talk about insanity.

The fact that I am so excited about Black Friday shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me well, because if you do, then you know I am all about the deals (great recent purchases: Kareem Rush authentic Nike Mizzou basketball jersey: $1.50, Larry Bird Dream Team USA Basketball jersey: $10). This year I am more excited about Black Friday than ever, because I am actually looking to buy something in the madness: a surround sound system for my new house in Columbia. I’ve done my research ( I’ve scoped out the surroundings, visiting Best Buy in both Columbia and Jeff City. And I’m ready. I dare anyone to get in my way Friday morning.

Thanksgiving is a great American tradition of food and family. Black Friday is a great American tradition as well. I enjoy throughly both, and it makes for my favorite time of the year having these two spectacularly different, but equally awesome events back to back. Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday everyone. May the gravy be flowing and the prices be dropping.

That is what I think I think.


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