Wednesday, November 21

WHEN A FAMILY GATHERS......

If you are fortunate enough to be with your loved ones today on Thanksgiving, make it a day to remember. Pulling the men away from televised football and flushing the women out of the kitchen may be harder than you might think, but if you plan a few activities you just might pull it off! A day to cherish. A day to remember. Here are just a few last minute ideas for a good old fashioned family Thanksgiving.

Linger over dinner, enjoy taking it slow. This is Thanksgiving NOT Christmas. On occasion the kids in our family have 'rushed' through Christmas dinners in anticipation of the gift giving. I know tomorrow by the time we sit down to dinner I will be ready to get off of my feet, RELAX, eat and catch up on the latest family news. ALL of the shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning and decorating I have crammed into the last several days has brought me to this very special moment....having my family and friends around me. I am content to sit quietly looking around my table knowing that I am incredibly blessed and loved. So...take it slow.

When relatives are on hand during the holidays, why not tap their memories and work on a family history. I love for my grandfather to tell stories of when he was young, he's passing loving memories of the ones that have gone before us. We have 5 generations in our family. It's wonderful that 'Big Gran', age 94, can sit David, age 4, down and tell him stories of his childhood in the 20's and his experiences in the South Pacific during WWII. I am sure your family has many stories and memories to tell as well.

Have a time of 'Thanksgiving. Go around the table giving everyone the opportunity to tell what they are most thankful for this year. If you feel this might make some uncomfortable, have everyone write down their thanksgiving on a note card. Have someone read them all aloud. This is something our family ALWAYS includes in our day. 

A movie marathon? This may sound fun to some. We have gone to the movies on Thanksgiving day...not my favorite activity. It seem we rush through dinner trying to make the 8 o'clock movie. I am usually so tired by this point I just sleep through the entire movie. However, it is a wonderful way to get out and work off that extra piece of pie!

GAMES! Now this is where our family excels, we LOVE to play games together. What better way to interact with each other? We usually end up laughing and it's such great light-hearted fun. BETTER than watching the men WATCH football......that's all I have to say about that. 

What ever you and your family do tomorrow on Thanksgiving, just remember to give thanks for the TRUE gifts in your life. Hold tight those you love, gather them close and deeply appreciate what they mean to you!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

With a happy heart and my most sincere thanks for 
allowing me to share my ideas over the last year. 
Thanks for listening~
~ Ronda
The Domestic Curator

SANITY ALERT!


WHEN 'THANKSGIVING' IS ALL OVER AND EVERYONE HAS GONE HOME, LIGHT THE FIRE AND ESCAPE FROM REALITY FOR AWHILE. DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY. ME? I MAY POUR SOME WASSAIL, SIT IN FRONT OF THE FIRE WITH Mr.P AND DO SOME SERIOUS SNUGGLING,  SNOOZING MOST LIKELY.  WATCH AN OLD MOVIE I LOVE, LIKE 'SINCE YOU WENT AWAY' OR 'THE QUIET MAN'. OR I MIGHT EVEN LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC WHILE I BROWSE THE LATEST COPIES OF MY FAVORITE MAGAZINES. WHATEVER I CHOOSE, I WILL ENJOY EVERY SINGLE, SOLITARY MOMENT!

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