I just can't hold off any longer. Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, whatever - the holidays are rushing in upon us.
Department stores have been displaying ornaments and artificial trees for weeks, the weather is turning steadily cooler, the leaves are almost all gone, and it's almost winter.
We're in that limbo between the first, glorious fall colors and the icy beauty of winter holidays... it must be getting close to Thanksgiving. (With apologies to our Canadian readers, that Thanksgiving slipped right by me! - Somebody remind me next year.)
Sorry, you have to be frugal to appreciate this list of things to be thankful for.
Come on, say after me:
I'm thankful that college kids go home for Christmas and dump their decorations, trees, etc., in the alley before they go - a week before Christmas.
I'm thankful that it's cold at Christmas time so I can knit warm scarves, gloves and mittens from thrift store yarn and they will be appreciated.
I'm thankful for warm clothes that allow me to keep the temperature another degree cooler and save that many more energy dollars.
I'm thankful for flea markets and thrift stores, which are alternates to antique stores, if I'm lucky.
I'm thankful for turkey carcasses, from which I can make my favorite turkey and noodles and turkey and rice soup.
I'm thankful for dollar stores, which allow me to buy holiday nonessentials that won't knock my budget out of kilter.
I'm thankful that living frugally throughout the year lets me face gift-giving holidays without a fearful looking toward next January when the bills come due.