5 things my family does on Black Friday and none of them involve crazy lines or shopping big box stores or missing the day of Thanksgiving at all.
With the hustle and bustle coming earlier and earlier every year, I’m reminded of something simple I did with my sisters as a child every year on Thanksgiving. My family of five was always together, we were away from extended family and we didn’t travel for Thanksgiving. My mom would spend the entire day cooking and I can still smell the turkey, creamed onions, and pumpkin pie. My sisters and I would write scripts, gather props, and use our stack of construction paper to make costumes for plays we would put on each year for our parents. My fondest memory is of my younger sister and I putting on a magic show for my parents and older sister. It involved a very old boombox with a cassette tape straight from the 80s, a large used refrigerator box, and a hand-me-down black Houdini-like magician’s hat.
I’m just a mother of two, trying to bring back the simplicity to our family’s holidays but also trying to localize what we do as much as possible for our city and people here who could use our help.
Photo by Erin Nevitt
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