What a wonderful holiday! Our Thanksgiving was about as perfect as I could have imagined. The food was amazing, the fellowship filled my cup.
The kids and I spent a couple of days getting the house ready. We needed 3 long tables to fit everyone, so we took one of the couches out onto the front porch to fit a table in the living room. My cats thoroughly enjoyed that. It took them about 5 minutes to discover the soft, clean surface to spread out on and take over.
I used fresh flowers, candles and small pumpkins on the tables to make them festive without having tall, distracting centerpieces.
The dining room was also ready for the guests to arrive (in case you’re wondering….those little brown things on the tables are acorns).
After we ate our enormous meal and lots of pie we played Taboo. The kids hung around talking and playing music while the adults enjoyed the guys vs girls challenge. I don’t want to tell you who won. It would humiliate one of the teams. Mostly mine.
On Friday my four daughters and I left the house at 5AM to hit the sales. This is our 4th year to go Black Friday shopping. While it’s completely exhausting, we really enjoy the time together. Our first stop is always anthropologie. My girls all love that store, but the prices are WAY out of our reach. Their Black Friday sales are great. We got a bunch of things and I only spent $30. Woohoo!
Once we got home I slept for about 3 hours. Frankly, I think I’m still recovering. I don’t bounce back from sleeplessness like I used to.
The rest of the weekend was spent sleeping, pulling out the Christmas decorations and filling shop orders. On Saturday night we all got together to put the ornaments on the tree in the living room. There are so many of us that the kids stand in line and wait for James to hand them an ornament with a hook attached.
Yes, they will need therapy when they grow up and realize that most people just pull the old ornaments out of a box and hang them on the tree without standing in line. They’ll be waiting their turn and suddenly notice they’re the only ones not just grabbing decorations.
Sorry kids. Our Christmas traditions aren’t necessarily going to translate to your adult lives.
Sunday was nice. Easy. Restful. I’m looking forward to spending time with my kids over the holidays in the shop filling shop orders. We talk about our customers and pray for them. It’s a really sweet time together and all of the kids get involved in some way.
We are all glad that Christmas is upon us and ready for the rush and anticipation.
I hope you all had a WONDERFUL holiday weekend. I’d love to hear what your favorite thing was that you did!