|The halls are decked. Already. 🙂|
I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been caught up in baking (check out the baking blog and the latest macarons!), doing edits for FIVE MILES SOUTH OF PECULIAR, trying to work on my dissertation, and decorating the house for Christmas.
Yes, you read that right. The inside of my house is now officially decorated with garland and red bows, and the Christmas tree stands guard in the living room. I don’t usually decorate this soon, but the days ahead are full and my daughter and the Grand Baby are coming to visit around the first of December. So I wanted to have Christmas, and if that means decorating on November 21, well, so be it. 🙂
We will wait to do the outside of the house until AFTER Thanksgiving. 🙂
For our family Thanksgiving, hubby and I always jump in the car with a few dishes and drive a couple of hours to this little town called Lake Hamilton–trust me, it’s small. But they have a lovely old woman’s club, and my family rents the women’s club so all the aunts and cousins and friends can eat a meal together. We catch up and eat too much, then we play Dirty Santa–a tricky gift exchange, if you’ve never played it. Then we take pictures, clean up the dishes, and head home until the next year. It’s a simple tradition, but I’m grateful for it. Without it, I’d hardly ever get a chance to see many in my extended family.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you travel or stay home? Do you have a favorite dish that simply must be on the table? Have you ever had Thanksgiving alone? I have, and it’s not much fun. So if you know someone in that situation, invite ’em over and pull up an extra chair. You’ll be glad you did.