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It was time well-spent
Dec. 7, 2015
by Jenni Sebora

We did it again, in the same fashion as last year.

We experienced a “Gray Thursday/Black Friday” extravaganza, but in no way did we compromise our Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends.

Food, family, laughs, and lots of chatter filled our Thanksgiving dinner, and, of course, some football, as the Green Bay Packers took on the Chicago Bears.

It wasn’t a good outcome for Packer fans, which includes my husband, my youngest daughter, and some nephews. However, it certainly did not overshadow the Thanksgiving celebration we all shared.

It is so wonderful to come together and catch up on family members’ lives, share memories, and just plain enjoy each other’s company.

Our nephew is now in his last year of college, and will go on to apply to graduate school.

A great-niece has begun her school path – now a kindergartner.

Another nephew has started on his career path.

A brother-in-law has officially retired from teaching.

A niece just got married.

A nephew moved with his family, has a new job, and is building a log cabin house.

At about 10 o’clock in the evening, we headed out to Eden Prairie Center – my two daughters, my two nieces, and me.

There was laughter and great conversation on our commute to our Grey Thursday/Black Friday excursion.

The mall was relatively empty. This was good. We found a few good deals, and then, as it went last year, we met up with my now college son and friends in the food court for a midnight lunch of pizza. Awesome.

Again, catching up with how college is going for Caleb’s friends; how life is, midterms, finals coming up, life in the dorms. Time spent with young people is time well-spent.

Of course, the trip is not complete without some type of coffee beverage. There is nothing like having coffee at 2 in the morning – egg nog latté with a little peppermint flavoring. Yum. One time of year for all of this craziness, but so much fun!

It really isn’t “all about the deals,” but about the whole experience and sharing it with others. Although, I did snatch a good deal for a family gift, a Smart television. Our television has been out for about six months, so this was a treat.

We purchased a tub of that Christmas popcorn, and when we got back, after some shut-eye, we watched episodes of “Shark Tank” (through YouTube on the Smart TV) and munched on our popcorn. Yep. It was a great holiday weekend.

It really is worth it to take time during this busy holiday season to visit, chat, and laugh with family, friends, and, especially, children, of any age.

“The way we spend our time defines who we are.”

– Jonathan Estrin


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