“Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” ~Author Unknown
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~Roy L. Smith
We had a great Thanksgiving.
I have never had the privilege of having my parents and one of my grandmas at MY house for Thanksgiving. It was such a blast preparing the meal together in my kitchen (new kitchen that I love!!). The saying “many hands make light work” applies here. We had everything done in no time and had lots of time to visit. It was such a treat! Here we are, four generations: my mom, Emma, me and my grandma (mom’s mom). Everything went so fast and was SOoooo delicious! Great fun. Thanksgiving day (night) we went over to James Island and drove through an awesome Christmas light display. My 87 year old grandma seemed to really enjoy herself. Thanksgiving day was also my mom’s birthday, so we celebrated her as well. Love you Mom!! Though I must confess I had a tear when I thought about my hubby’s sister and her family who still live in Iowa with whom we have celebrated the last 4 Thanksgivings. I sure miss having them in my town. I know they had a great day though, but still…miss ’em!
After my folks left Friday morning, we headed over to my other SIL’s house. She lives about 3 hours from us here in SC and hubby’s parents had gone there for Thanksgiving. So, for the first time in 4 years, we were able to see both our families during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was pretty cool and gave me one more thing to add to my thankful list!
Today it’s back to school and back to the grind. I always find it a challenge to “come down” from the family visits. I usually go into some sort of weird funk post-holiday. I’m just a little crazy that way. I’m trying very hard to fend it off this time by staying busy. Already went to the grocery store this morning and did a couple of loads of laundry. Planning to do a little cleaning and get the Christmas stuff out of the garage. (Fortunately it is easily identifiable in the sea of boxes because all the Christmas stuff is in green plastic tubs!) I’m gonna put on a little Christmas music and just get busy.
I really love Christmas!! It is my favorite holiday. (Thanksgiving is my second fave.) BUT here’s the challenge…doing all the Christmas things that you love to do, without getting caught up and stressed out and forgetting the real reason we have the holiday in the first place…Keeping the main thing, the main thing, you know? That is the plan this holiday season. Usually the first thing I put out at Christmas is the hand carved olive wood nativity that my parents brought me back from Israel several years ago. I love it. And it gets my head in the right place. Who’s with me? NO Christmas stress! NO Christmas stress! Say it with me people…NO Christmas stress! It can be done. Let’s do it!