Now that you’ve helped the Wiz with dinner, I need your help with the holidays. I LOVE the holiday season (namely, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years). Each year I look forward to those holidays with great anticipation, and each year they’re gone before I blink and I wonder if we gave them any of the significance they merit.
We live very close to my family and extended family. While this situation is perhaps another’s nightmare – I love it. Having lived out of state for 4 years and to come home where my children can regularly interact with their great-grandparents, grandparents and cousins means the world to me.
Here’s what our Thanksgiving will consist of this year. It’s our turn to be with my family this year and it’s my parents’ turn to be with my Dad’s family this year. So, our Thanksgiving group will be made up of Grandpa and Grandma, Mom and Dad, 7 uncles and 7 aunts and most of their children and some, like me, of our spouses and children. There are 44 grandchildren all together, and one aunt is still in production :). Several of my generation live far away and will probably not be able to join us, however, you get the picture – there will be a lot of us and we will be having this festive affair in a church building. Fun and festive it is, intimate it is not. Last time we attended this event, we ate and then I sat with my baby chatting with several aunts and uncles and cousins. My husband was outside being entertained with a go-cart and my kids ran around the building involved in all types of games and fun. We each had a marvelous time, but I honestly didn’t really even see my own little family except while we actually sat down and ate for a minute with 60ish other people. I left there feeling a little hollow. I want my kids to know why we celebrate and I want our celebration to reflect that and I want to celebrate it with them.
I don’t want to miss out on the big family shin-dig, so I decided the answer is to celebrate on our own the night before or the Sunday before. Sounds great, right? Right, but I have no idea what to do in our own little celebrations. Here’s where you come in. What do you do to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in a nice cozy meaningful way?
I know that beggars can’t be choosers, but to make this more helpful I should inform you of a few things: 1. I’m not super organized or detail oriented, if your suggestion requires a big detailed list of preparations I will be overwhelmed and dazed and either will not do it or I will but will be in such a bad mood I would seriously dampen the festive spirit. 2. I am not crafty in any way shape or form so if your suggestion involves creative crafting on my part I may go into a deep depression. 3. Money is an object. I’ve heard Thanksgiving is a fabulous time to go to Disneyland, but it just isn’t going to happen. Hopefully I haven’t scared you all off. I would love to hear your traditions, please!!!