To be honest, I'm not a big fan of "the holidays"... or maybe it's the stress that comes from trying to meet expectations for "the holidays." I try not to be a total Scrooge, but I also do whatever I can to keep things simple and relaxed.
We hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year. Our home is quite comfortable for a family of four, but it takes some creative planning to accommodate 12. Table space is limited, so we served dinner buffet-style. We also went with "paper-ware" for the table settings. It wasn't elegant, but it was festive! And clean-up was a breeze. Good food, fellowship, and grateful hearts. That's what matters anyway, isn't it?
On Friday, Lyle and the kids put up lights on the outside of the house. I suggested to the kids that they could put up the Christmas tree if they wanted to, as well.
"Seems a little early yet, don't you think, Mom?"
Yes! I do think so! I have found I enjoy the tree a lot more when it's up for a shorter length of time... maybe 2 weeks. But I was surprised that they thought so. So we'll wait.
In the meantime, as early as it gets dark these days, I do enjoying seeing the outside of our house lit up when we come home in the evenings.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!