When it comes to holidays, I've always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas.
When Thanksgiving Day rolls around, I don't feel pressured to rush to the malls and spend money I don't have on presents that people really don't need.
Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season and the Living History Park is participating by having two free Christmas-themed events.
On Saturday, the park will have its annual Christmas in the Backcountry event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stan Johnson Jewelers' extended holiday season hours begin the weekend after Thanksgiving with Small Business Saturday.
"It's our kickoff for Christmas," said Claire Hancock, jeweler and office manager of the business on Edgefield Road.
The 2013 Shoppers Apocalypse is upon us. My Christmas savings account was recently transferred into my checking account, as it is every October. It is my reminder, as if I need one, that my favorite day of the year is within reach.