Here we are on Black Friday, having survived the feasting and football of Thanksgiving Day. I’m not participating in the shopping frenzy this year. I can’t stand crowds and pushing, and my gift-giving this year is limited. So I have a radical proposal: Let’s all just enjoy a beautiful day, especially if you don’t have to work today.
The sky is blue. The last of the leaves are still clinging to the trees, golden, orange, red and brown. Ignore the Christmas decorations and stay away from retail stores with jarring music and radio stations playing endless Christmas carols.
It’s still autumn. It’s not too cold in most of the country. Take a walk in your neighborhood or a park and relish the last of fall. Eat leftover turkey and dressing — I love dressing, and this is the only time of year I have it. DON’T WATCH CHRISTMAS SPECIALS. If you spot a wild turkey, tell it it’s lucky to be on the loose. Try to figure out which birds are still here and if your favorites have migrated. I’ve been looking for the mockingbirds, and I think they have gone south.
Watch old movies with family and friends. Play silly games with family and friends. Stroke your cat, pet your dog, hug anyone you feel like. Let’s give autumn one more day before the holiday madness begins. Forget about Black Friday!