Noel invented his new favorite day of the year -- the day after Thanksgiving, when there is mail delivery, everything is open, and there are delicious leftovers to eat. He named it Noel Day.
I like the days after a holiday, too. Even though our Thanksgiving feast was awesome this year, it still comes with some stress, at least on the day itself. On Friday, with nothing but a long weekend ahead of me, I took a morning to go to an empty office and get work done that was necessary for Monday's return to classes. We watched football all day Friday and Saturday -- great games, too. I knit practically nonstop and finished a one-skein triangular scarf out of sock yarn in four days; as soon as it's blocked my mom, who admired it while it was still in progress, will get it. With Granny Lou and Papa's help, the tree was up and trimmed in a couple of hours Saturday afternoon.
The next three weeks will be busy. Two full weeks of classes (one more than we usually have after Thanksgiving), an administrative planning retreat on the designated study day at the end of the second week, the culmination of two service learning projects in one class and a collaborative final exam in the other class, two parties during finals week to celebrate the end of those endeavors, a summit with my teaching assistants to debrief this semester and plan for the next one, and a full day of thesis presentations on graduation eve.
Thank goodness I'm not having to prepare for Christmas travel during that madness. The campus doesn't even close until the day before Christmas Eve. It will be tough enough just to get all the gifts planned, wrapped, and on their way to their recipients, but I'm infinitely more sanguine about it knowing I'm not facing interstates or airports over the holidays. As busy as we'll be, there will be time for everything -- including enjoying the season.