To be grumpy. Or at least that's how it feels. Now don't get me wrong, I love the holidays more than most - I love decorating the tree, putting lights up, and choosing just the right gift for everyone on my list. The first snow is almost always my favorite day of the year and the way Christmas lights twinkle under a soft layer of snow is pure magic.
My gripe with this holiday season, and maybe it's because I work with retail a lot, is that this year just seems more planned by marketers and shops. Less genuine love for gift giving and spending time with family and more 'sell sell sell' 'buy buy buy'.
What happened before the days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? I can hardly believe that when it comes down to it now people are going out, leaving their families, and shopping (or working!!) for deals on Thanksgiving. I know it's spoken about a lot but honestly, is it that important for businesses to make that extra few thousand dollars during those Thanksgiving hours? What ever happened to spending time with your families?
So - in hopes that we rub off on the retail market (fat chance) here are a few photos from my family's Thanksgiving. We all have other places to go and people to see but for those few hours together Thanksgiving is a time-honored Raiano family tradition.