Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Goodbye Pumpkin, Hello Turkey
Well you all know what comes next. Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I have to say those are my 2 favorite holidays of the year. I enjoy Thanksgiving because all the family gets together and we have a delicious meal and its just fun being with all the family. I remember the first year I made a turkey, I was like 30. My Mother had broke her leg the day before Thanksgiving while she was out getting groceries. Since I am the only girl in the family everybody looked at me. I suggested we all eat turkey tv dinners. That went over like a goldfish in a punchbowl. My Mom said she would tell me everything to do. So I did it and I have to say it was a very decent meal. We didnt have all the extras that my Mom would have made but we had all we needed. Since then I have made many turkeys.
At Christmas time I love all the rush rush of the season. Everybody seems to be in a great mood. The decorations are all beautiful. The house smells of freshly baked cookies. But what I really love about it is the mood everyone is in. It feels like everyone is happy and just bursting with energy. If it snows its like the best thing! Everyone is festive and greeting each other at Church. The Church is decorated so beautiful it just takes your breath away. I love all the preparation for the holidays.
I cook dinner here on Christmas eve with my kids and grandkids. We open all our gifts after dinner. The next day I have some company and then we all go to my sons for dinner with my daughterinlaws family too. It is a great time to be together. By the time Christmas evening comes everyone is exhausted!
They talk about Christmas being so commercialized and I agree, it is. But it doesnt have to be. I buy gifts because I enjoy giving them. Not because I have to buy them. And people say..what about so and so who is out of work...well, I think we have all been there before. For me , I made do with what I had. I still had the Christmas spirit, just because, as a family, we were together. After you lose a few of those people that mean so much to you, you realize, hang on to what you have. I have lost both sets of Grandparents, my Father and a very special Aunt. When you are young you think they will always be there. Then suddenly they are gone. Remembering the zest they added to the holidays is a great memory, what fun each and everyone of them added to our family.
So as we start into the season put a big smile on your face and mean it. Enjoy your family and spend time with them. Its not the time to be cranky, its a time to smile and be happy you are alive. And thank God for all our many blessings.
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