thanksgiving happened upon us at the earliest it could this year, which allows extra time to enjoy this holiday season. and we are making full use of it.
as i type at my desk with my steaming cup of coffee resting beside me, the pandora on my computer is crooning out christmas tunes. our hot apple pancake breakfast is baking in the oven. crosby has visions of sugarplums as she still slumbers. michael is out at the farmers market picking up roping for our outside light decor. harper is anxiously sorting through our ornaments to decide which ones to hang. wintry scented candles are burning in several places. ah, it's beginning to look a lot like christmas around here.
yesterday, in keeping with our annual day after thanksgiving tradition, we met my parents and heather, tim and the boys at the tree farm. the weather took a 180 from thanksgiving's 60 degree and sunny day. we fought blustery, cold wind. and mom-of-the-year that i am, i plum forgot crosby's coat. poor thing was wrapped in a blanket, and was shivering by the time we were done.
we spent more time than usual, but found a perfect tree only to discover a crookedy trunk as michael was sawing it down. we decided to try and make it work.
we arrived home and both girls crashed for a 4-hour nap. last night as we set up our tree, snowflakes began to fall. over the past couple of days, we've watched our share of christmas films...polar express, the grinch, elf. i love this time of year. when we bundle up and huddle down in our home. celebrate each other and warm our bellies with comfort foods. snuggle in together and appreciate all the little things. kiss and hug a bit more frequently. abandon schedules to spontaneously go out for a sled ride or to build a snowman or sip hot chocolate. last year, for some reason or another, i did not blog much from halloween through christmas. i plan to do the complete opposite this year, and blog the heck out of this season.
happy holidays to you and yours.