JUST BETWEEN US, we just woke up from our tryptophan-induced nap and we have noticed the atmosphere in the house has quickly gone from "Happy Thanksgiving" to a spirited discussion on what time various and sundry relatives are waking up in the morning for their annual shop-until-you-don't-know-your-own-name day otherwise known as Black Friday.

It is apparently not just our family going over the top about getting up before the sunshine to go Christmas shopping, either. A couple of regular readers who work at a local restaurant were begging to know what ad inserts were going to be in yesterday's edition for the Black Friday sales. One of them said they did not plan on going to bed so they would be ready to shop at 3 a.m.

Now, we are pretty sure the person who sleeps on the other side of the bed at the old homestead would like for us to go shopping with them. Call us crazy but being pushed and prodded by thousands of strangers in a over-crowded, fire marshal nightmare of a store while looking for bargains is not the way to wedded bliss. Trust us, we will get very grouchy, very quickly.

But since these thoughts will run on the first official day of the Christmas season, we won't feel too bad by mentioning another event in the red-and-green season.

One thing that will put us in the Christmas mood is the performance starting tonight out at the fairgrounds. This is the fifth year for the 4-H Exchange Club Holiday light show and if you've never been there, you need to make the time this year. The 4-H members spend most of November putting up the scenes and they do a terrific job bringing you the holiday spirit. It happens every weekend through Christmas and will even have visits from the big guy in the red suit on certain Saturdays. You can check it all out online at the fairgrounds website or look at the Holiday Traditions magazine that was in yesterday's edition of the Times Bulletin.

We sported a scarlet-and-gray sweater at work on Wednesday to show our support for OSU football. Tomorrow is the big game, of course, and we have been following with some amusement what several of our friends have been saying on their Facebook pages about the chances for that blue-and-gold school up north. Many of the statements have been very funny and some of them could even have been printed in these hallowed pages - not many - but some. Here was one that we could:

An OSU fan walks into a bar and orders a drink. He turns to the man next to him and asks, "Do you want to hear a funny joke about the University of Michigan?"

The man and his two friends leap up off their stools and rip off their jackets. They are all wearing U of M t-shirts underneath.

"I'm 6' 2' and 250 pounds," the man said menacingly. "My friend here is 6' 3" and 275 pounds and the other one is 6' 4" and 300 pounds. Do you still want to tell that joke?"

The OSU fan calmly shakes his head before turning back to his drink.

"Well, no. Not if I have to explain it three times."

Here's hoping everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend.