The Joys of Relaxation

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The past nine days for me have been less than exciting.  Though I enjoyed every minute of Thanksgiving with my loving family and getting an early start Thursday night in preparation for Black Friday shopping with my mom, my week was pleasantly relaxing.

Typically, my immediate family travels to Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, and distant cousins twice removed whom I’ve never seen in my life.  Thanksgiving dinner in Georgia is compelling in its own special way. It is, however, anything but mellow.  Waking up at six in the morning to prepare enough food for a small army of starving relatives has its own hidden perks, such as spending quality time with my grandmother and learning little tricks around the kitchen while watching the Macy’s Day Parade.  But, spending Thanksgiving at home was a nice change of pace.

This year, I slept entirely through the Macy’s Day Parade and did not have to worry about helping in the kitchen.  This year, my family decided to go out to dinner for Thanksgiving in order to prevent a mass of dirty dishes and leftover food.  It was spectacular.  After an amazing dinner without any further cleanup, my mom and I went Black Friday Shopping at 9 PM on a Thursday.  Though there weren’t any ‘out of this world’ deals, spending quality time with my mom made for an exciting outing.

My the days prior to Thanksgiving were spent taking photos and spending time with friends I love dearly.  It was such a blessing to be able to spend time with the people I do not typically see during this week of the year.  I am so grateful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, though I’m already ready for the manic Thanksgiving that Georgia has in store for next year!