Oh MAN! You guys are so amazing!
You leave me the best comments. It juices up my batteries every day. Thank you!
Deanne says she is going to declutter her whole house before she decorates for the holidays. Wowsa! Deanne lives in Australia, so I’m going to assume that living on the other side of the world has affected her brain. I mean, she’s upside down all of the time!
Rosalie sent me a link to her blog, Tutorial Phone Book. It’s FULL of adorable, affordable Christmas decoration that you can make. She’s gathering them from all over blogland and there are some unbelievably clever people out there. Thanks Rosalie!
Mrs. Manley suggested making tiny book wreaths as ornaments. I’m all over that one Deanna! Terrific idea!
Leslie, the Homemaker pointed out that she and I should be neighbors because we have the same style of decorations and then we could trade things around. Trading things is a fabulous free decorating idea!
However, I discovered this morning that trading probably won’t work for me. As we were unpacking the Christmas things I said to the kids, “Wouldn’t it be fun to trade our giant candy canes and wreaths with someone else so we could have different things in our yard? We could have different decorations each year!” And for some reason which I do not understand…they all went into hysteria. “Mom NO! We LOVE the giant candy canes! They are OUR family tradition! We love our things! Please don’t trade them!”
Oh well, Leslie. I guess I’m stuck with my old, falling apart Christmas decorations.
Let’s not even discuss what happened when I told them I wasn’t going to put up our stockings this year. Wailing and gnashing of teeth would be the best way to describe it.
Here’s the thing. Our stockings are a hodge podge of mismatched and cheap. They are different sizes, different styles, different colors….and they look messy. I was going to just do something crafty this year in their place. I’m still not putting them up because, let’s face it, I am the queen. But I am realizing that I need to prepare myself for constant complaints. I’ve already heard one kid cry out, “I miss my stocking!” and we haven’t even finished unpacking the decorations.
As for my Thanksgiving meal, thank you all for your great advice.
Sherry over at No Minimalist Here said to bake the turkey and ask the guests to bring the side dishes. Hmmm…the problem with that is, how do I control everything if I don’t cook it myself? Oh dear, I obviously have issues.
Melissa at Those Northern Skies said she’s making a crock pot turkey and Stove Top Stuffing. Stove Top Stuffing Melissa? Really? Is that even real food? But I must say, Melissa made the cutest ornaments out of spice lids, so I will still listen to her, but not about stuffing.
And Michele sent me a whole plan….
Cook everything Wednesday (except mashed potatoes)! Make a schedule for Thursday to help keep your sanity.
Put the turkey in Thursday morning. Start potatoes boiling 45 minutes before turkey is done. When turkey comes out to “rest”, put all your other dishes in the oven to reheat. Does your husband carve the turkey? If so, while he’s carving, make gravy. If not, get the gravy going then carve. Have a child mash the potatoes. Put turkey on a platter, gravy in a boat, and potatoes in a bowl.
Voila! You’re done & everything is warm and ready for the table.
And make a list, like me, for the side of the fridge so you don’t forget to put anything out!
Michele, you make it sound like the birds are chirping while you are cooking and nothing ever boils over on the stove. Here are my questions….how do I KNOW when it’s 45 minutes before the turkey is done? What if some of my serving dishes can’t go in the oven? Have a child mash the potatoes? Really? So lumps are OK?
I can’t wait to see what else you all have to share. Keep the free Christmas decorating ideas coming!
You all take such good care of me.