Thanksgiving In Review And On To Christmas

I took some much needed time off after Thanksgiving to enjoy the holiday with family, and get my wits about me to prepare for Christmas.  

It's not often that my husband's entire immediate family gathers in one place at the same time. We hosted his Mom, two sisters, brother-in-law, three nephews, and one niece. I love having family with us for the holidays. Over the years we've had a few sad holidays without family, just our sweet little family of five. Of course we aim to make each holiday a memorable event for the kids, but it's just not as much fun without extra people there to celebrate, and the kids usually announce their boredom by 10:00 a.m. They look at us sideways when we suggest they watch the parade. Apparently any excitement around the Macy's parade died in my generation. 

So we were thankful to have family with us this year.  I loved watching Jason and his sisters recount the trouble fun they had during their high school and college years. May our kids not create that mayhem for us. Jason's poor Mother. He turned out just fine, but what a trouble maker. :)

It was really nice to see the cousins playing together, making memories.  Of course I think back on playing with my cousins at my own family holiday parties. There were often 11-14 of us, and Grandma Kendall's house was not that big. 

This year the kids were seated in the dining room, an old-fashioned kids' table in a separate room. We covered the table with white paper and each kid drew his/her own place-setting. 



This art melts my Mommy/Auntie heart.

While my husband's family was staying with us we made a point of taking plenty of family pictures.


That is one justifiably proud Matriarch.

From those images I created our Christmas cards, not the one above, obviously. They're ordered, now let's see of I can get them in the mail before the post office closes on December 24th.  

We dragged the Christmas decor, all 18 totes, out of storage shortly after everyone left. We made cocoa, put on a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, and assembled the Christmas tree.



The tree has already been relocated. I had second thoughts and rearranged the living room. And the rest of the house has been hit by the magical wand of Christmas. So I have plenty to share this upcoming week!

I can't finish without mentioning another exciting event - I was delighted that Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick shared my dining room on her blog. She is a legend in Home DIY blogging, and I am honored!
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