Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love having a holiday with no obligation to buy anything, delicious food everywhere, and plenty of opportunities to give back to those in need. Plus, it celebrates my favorite season! It just can’t get better than that. I’ve noticed the “Christmas Creep”, as I like to call it, seems to get stronger each year. The marketing of Christmas in stores and malls seems to creep into the fall earlier and earlier each year. My kids are thrilled to see Santa appear in our local mall, and I’ve enjoyed shopping some super early holiday sales this year, but I don’t want my children to overlook Thanksgiving as simply the “precursor to Santa”. It’s hard to compete with the Big Guy in Red handing out candy canes on November 5th!