Why do we always skip thanksgiving

Halloween, Then Christmas... What About Thanksgiving?

Everyone notices that Thanksgiving is skipped to make way for Christmas

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people are already noticing Christmas items in their local stores. Every time I walk into a store it makes me so angry to see Christmas items. I always say to myself, "Can we wait just a little bit?" Well the answer is no. There is never a retailer that is going to wait to put out Christmas items which to me and many consumers just pushes all the wrong buttons. I always ask why, but i feel that I will never get an answer.

Every time you walk into a store, boom, it is like a a Christmas bomb has gone off. There are Santa's and Christmas Decorations everywhere and i think, why, why does this have to be right now. Can we wait just a couple more weeks because i am not even in the Christmas mood. Yes, I am known as the Scrooge of Christmas. I am not a fan of the snow here in Wisconsin, the cold, and the holiday cheer. I would rather just take a Christmas break and not celebrate Christmas. To me, Christmas is a very stressful holiday and I would like to avoid it as much as possible.

Even when I was in high school people would call me Scrooge. It was not in a mean, bullying way, but it was to recognize that I was not a fan of the holiday or the holiday season. I do not know why I have come to strongly dislike Christmas, but over the years it has just become more of a chore than anything else. Every time I tell someone I am not a fan of the holidays that act like I told them I just was diagnosed with a rare disease of some sort. They have that gasp and say, "OMG WHY!" Then I respond with, "IDK I am just not a fan of it!" People have tired to get me into the spirit of Christmas but I am not in the mood for it at all!

Now this article is not to diminish Christmas, it is to tell you that I am not a fan of it, and I also do not like when retailers put Christmas items out early. For example, when summer starts and you walk into a Target and you already see "BACK TO SCHOOL." That is how I feel. To me, I always try to avoid the holiday section and try to ignore it but it is always up in your face like a perfume salesperson trying to sell you something at Nordstrom. This time of the year is very stressful for me and for many other people. You have the end of the semester, shopping for gifts your people you forgot about all year and so much more. To me, I would rather spend it relaxing from a long semester and not have a care in the world.

So when you walk into a store, just look at how many items thy have for Christmas, and how many they do not have for Thanksgiving. Unless you go to Party City, then they have something for everything. Trust me I try to avoid that store as much as possible, otherwise I will get a headache. So Happy Holidays to the people who want to celebrate them, and to those who do not, give me a call!

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.

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Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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