The last thing I would ever want to do is go shopping on Black Friday. I do not like crowds. I don't like people touching me. And I don't really like shopping. I purposefully avoid the stores on weekends or evenings because that's when everybody else goes. I only go during the day on a weekday. Because I know that everyone and their brother is out shopping after Thanksgiving I decided that I would get all my Christmas shopping done before the holiday. And I did get most of the people on my list taken care of. And so on Black Friday we stayed home and put up all our Christmas decorations. Dan and his family worked on the outside of the house, mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, pruning the roses and putting up the lights, the deer and the train. Drew and I worked on the inside of the house (while Ava was napping) taking down all the Thanksgiving decorations and replacing them with the Christmas decorations. Here's what the outside looks like:
And here are some of the inside decorations:
I think I am taking a chance leaving the breakable nativity and glass ornaments in reach of the children, but we will see how that goes. So far they have been pretty good about "just looking."