This was perhaps the most relaxing Thanksgiving I have had in many years. There was no cooking, no baking, no rising early to baste a turkey. It was simply delightful.
We attended the community Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. What a great event. Three cheers to all of the volunteers and to the Fopmas for organizing it. My dad was a little under the weather, so we took him one of the delicious meals that was served up.
I wish we could have had a family dinner together at home, but Larry's sons and the grandbabies had other plans. But Christmas will be a different story. We're already making plans to spend time with relatives.
And now with Thanksgiving officially behind us, let the holiday season begin. Daniel spent Thanksgiving night recounting all the items we need to drag out of the closet, down from the attic or up from the basement to begin our home's holiday makeover. Since today is officially the day when we begin to decorate, Daniel promised me he would be up and ready to go by 6:30 a.m. With a little persuasion, I was able to hold him off until 7:30 a.m.
The tree will be going up today and if I'm really brave, I might venture out into the Black Friday craziness to find some outdoor Christmas lights. We haven't strung the house in a couple of years, but this year, I feel inspired. Some garland, colored lights and red bows should help to make the manor house feel more festive.
The best part of putting up the tree is sorting through all of the ornaments. Every year we try to add one or two new ones, while some of the older, more fragile pieces are retired or relegated to a shelf in the china cabinet. When Larry's great aunt passed away, we inherited all of her ornaments. She took great care, packing them in a large plastic organizer, cradling each in cotton, tissue or bubble wrap. There are some gorgeous tiny crystal birds as well as large stained glass pieces. There are metal jointed-figures and even some handcrafted ones that Aunt Ruth made. Those are perhaps the most precious of all.
This year, Daniel has a new snow globe ornament that has his name on it. The globe is filled with a little Christmas scene and has some glittery snow inside. By flipping a little switch, an LED light illuminates the globe and changes colors from green to blue to purple to red.
Our old artificial tree is getting a little worn looking - not quite Charlie Brown-style, but a little thin in spots. But once the lights are up, the garland is draped and ornaments are strategically placed, it really does look nice. There's nothing better than turning off all of the lights in the living room, and sitting in front of the glowing tree.
So, I think that's what I will do tonight. Put on some Christmas music, dim the lights and enjoy a cup of tea in front of the tree.