It’s Friday and the day after Thanksgiving, and Black Friday for all the shoppers. Here are 5 randoms from my world this week:
1 Sent most of the leftovers home with oldest boy & his family last night. It’s yummy and all but one plate of that calorie-dense food is enough for me. I’m still full today! Normally I would have enjoyed a piece of pie with my morning coffee today but instead I opted for a nutrient-rich Nutribullet smoothie. It’s all about balance. And saving room for a burger later. :)
2 The house still smells like Thanksgiving dinner. There’s no candle that could match it!
3 When I was a girl Mom’s Holiday table was a sight to see – she used her best china, cut crystal and tablecloths. The table was set several days ahead and we’d circle it, marveling at the tiny decorated Christmas trees or crafted pumpkins down the middle. At mealtime we were given a small bit of Ginger Ale to sip from a goblet, and she served shrimp cocktail to all – young and old. Learning to use those tiny forks and handle fine china – those experiences are precious to me. Most importantly, she taught us not to save our best for company but to share with all who gather. The grands are learning how to leave the table without taking the table-cloth with them, they have their own “special” goblets to use, and they and our boys have learned they’re special enough to warrant the good stuff.
“Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.” – Mary Manin Morrissey
4 When asked recently if I would be shopping on Black Friday I gave my patent response, “Not without a gun to my head.” You see I tried it once, years ago, and it was miserable. Life lessons abound, though, because standing in line for a long time affords one the opportunity to determine how badly you want/need the item you’re about to “save” $$ on. I remember putting it back and leaving the store where I waited for my friends in the fresh air. People rushed past me, I was the only one smiling, and I learned I’ll happily 1) pay full price to avoid all that or 2) go without.
5 Saw this a few days ago and knew you needed to see it, too. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
** How was your “Turkey” Day?
What traditions have you kept from your childhood and which ones have changed? **