A White Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, praying you have a blessed day.

The kids are headed out to play in the snow after watching their first Christmas movie of the season–VeggieTales – The Toy That Saved Christmas, which they have wanted to watch for weeks.

Hubby put a rule in place the first year of our marriage–no Christmas ANYTHING til the day after Thanksgiving–partly because the stores full of Christmas stuff at Halloween drove him nuts and partly to keep me home the day after Thanksgiving. 🙂  Later it became a wonderful salvation as the kids longed to play ALL our Christmas movies at once and get heartily sick of them well before Christmas.  This way they only get one a week until Christmas and can look forward to them.

Now the rule has relaxed and I start decorating after Thanksgiving dinner/lunch on Thanksgiving day.  I have no urge to go out on Friday and brave the insanity, in fact I am done Christmas shopping. Now I force myself to decorate where I used to beg to be able to put the tree up sooner than a week before Christmas, which was Shamus’ original plan.  Life is not as sweet and simple as it was back then.

I get all mopey at the holidays, longing to just skip them all together and decorating gets me over the hump.  Our dinner is prepared–I get it all ready the day before so I don’t have to rush about, even though we don’t get together with anyone due to allergy issues (hubby and I have an anaphylactic reaction to all poultry, hubby is severely allergic to animal dander, and Rach has a potentially deadly allergy to all things citrus, apple, cinnamon, and tomato–makes holidays interesting it does.)  Anyway, with lovely family issues holidays are crazy anyway, so we stay home and enjoy being together, or will once I get over myself and remember all that we have to be thankful for.

And so, have a blessed holiday.  Off to take my sweet potatoes out of the oven, put on my happy face, and make Thanksgiving a blessing for my family.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above ye heavenly host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.