Brooks & Crowley November 2018

Review Brooks & Crowley

November 2018

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"Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have a longstanding

Besides activities with my family, I do try to get together with a few guys I grew up with. We usually pick a day right before Christmas, mostly because we’re all late shoppers, but we make a day of it. We get lunch, hang out, and shop. There have been years when 50 people have stopped by throughout the day, coming and going — it's always fun to see everyone and spend some time with them. This is also the first Thanksgiving in five years that I won’t have a Thanksgiving-weekend basketball tournament to coach. The travel team I helped coach for my daughter’s team since she was in fourth grade has aged out of the program. They are in ninth grade now and are all playing for their respective high schools. So this year, we will head up to New Hampshire for the weekend! Thanksgiving is early this year, and the extra week leading up to Christmas will allow for more holiday spirit. Try to utilize the extra week to reach out to friends and loved ones you don’t see often enough. No matter what your traditions are or what you're celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful holiday! –Neil Crowley of the family for the day and exchange gifts. Doing this lets everyone be with their immediate family on Christmas Day and still see everyone else for the holidays. It’s like having Christmas twice!" tradition we call Crowley Christmas, which takes place the Sunday before Christmas Day. We get together with the Crowley side

THE START OF THE HOLIDAYS From Thanksgiving to Crowley Christmas

My family has a few traditions around this time of year. The kids do a Secret Santa each year with their cousins for Christmas, and the names are picked on Thanksgiving Day. The kids always have a lot of fun with that. I’m not much of a shopper, but some of my family gets pretty excited to go out and get the deals on Black Friday. It's madness — one year they went out at 11 p.m. to shop and didn’t come back until 6:30 in the morning. Then they rested for a little while before they got back up and did it all over again. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have a longstanding tradition we call Crowley Christmas, which takes place the Sunday before Christmas Day. We get together with the Crowley side of the family for the day and exchange gifts. Doing this lets everyone be with their immediate family on Christmas Day and still see everyone else for the holidays. It’s like having Christmas twice!

While the retail industry would have us think of Thanksgiving as merely a way to carb-load for the Black Friday marathon, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Thanksgiving is more than just a kickoff to the holiday season. I’m looking forward to getting together for a fantastic meal and catching up with the family about all the comings and goings that have happened over the past year. As for the food, there’s such a large selection that it’s hard to think about which I’m looking forward to most, but if I had to choose, I’d have to say pumpkin pie. We are lucky that we don’t have to really travel for the holidays. We can get where we are going in a half hour. I am happy for that when I see the news footage of crowded airports and interstates. I suppose if you have to travel, Thanksgiving always being on a Thursday makes for a great long weekend.

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