Photographer's Note

In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of every November--a time to rest and be thankful for our many blessings.

Because Thanksgiving falls so near the end of the year, the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the first day of the Christmas season.

All of my five years in college, at least one of my brothers or sisters was at school with me, so we started the tradition of driving the 45 minutes to Salt Lake City each year the day after Thanksgiving. We would window shop throughout the day (too poor to really shop), eat an early dinner at the Lion House restaurant in downtown Salt Lake, and then walk the half-block to Salt Lake's Temple Square to see the Christmas lights turn on for the first time of the season at 5:30 pm.

After spending an hour or two seeing everything (or getting too cold to continue), we would head home for hot chocolate and cookies.

This one is from the archives. I wasn't there this year, but my brothers and sisters went and carried on the tradition, and they will for several years to come. A happy holiday season to all of you, celebrating whatever traditions you hold dear.

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