This tradition was indeed special, and I hated it...other than the new house part. Thankfully, this tradition has ceased. And now, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we officially ring in the holiday season by decorating the house with our Christmas decorations. We put on Christmas music, hang our stockings, put the jingle bell Christmas wreath on the front door, haul out the artificial Christmas tree, strategically place our meager supply of ornaments, discuss getting a fresh tree and more ornaments next year, and get into the Christmas spirit. We have so much fun!
Words cannot describe how much more fun this new tradition is over our former tradition. Christmas is a special time, and I look forward to seeing what new practices we develop over the years. Hopefully they won't involve packing and moving.