The kids all picked their own costumes (well Parker picked about 30 different costumes before settling on this one). Hayden has been really interested in past presidents, and he wanted his costume to be Lincoln’s Ghost. Very creative! Audra always asks for a ballerina, and then we saw this cute witch hat headband so we decided she’d be a ballerina witch. Ella did not like wearing her piggy hood, but she looked so cute in it.
The day after Thanksgiving is usually the day we get our Christmas tree. Kevin and the kids decorated it last night (while I cheered them on from my comfy spot on the couch). I normally do a lot of the decorating myself, but this time I was more than happy to hand over the reigns. Only a few more weeks until baby! And my body is feeling it…
I had to take a few pics today with the beautiful lights in the background- Christmas lights make a really pretty backdrop.
I hosted Thanksgiving this year, for the first time. I invited my parents and my brother and his girlfriend. I made a 15 pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, honey butter, brussels sprouts, roasted acorn squash and cranberry sauce. (Mom brought the pies) I timed everything perfectly, so it would all be hot and ready on time. (and we only ate a half hour later than planned…)
After the rush of cooking was over, we all sat down to eat. The food was good, and I do love to cook, but sometimes I wonder if it’s worth all the time invested. I felt like I was missing something. I used to feel a little magic on holidays, but I can’t seem to keep that feeling anymore.
What do you do to feel ‘the magic’ on holidays? Is it simply because I’m a grown-up now, and I’m the one to has to make it happen?
This is really cute, if you believe in Santa… ; )
(Aka Viennese Crescents)
I’m so excited! We are doing a “12 Days of Christmas” for a special family, starting tonight. So this FHE is related to that. And- there’s only one more FHE after tonight until Christmas!!
Closing Song: Who is the Child? (Children’s Songbook pg. 46)
Game: Chocolate Bar Game
There are lots of different versions of this game, but for this one you’ll need a chocolate bar, a timer and some gloves or mittens. Prepare by wrapping the chocolate bar several times in loose wrapping paper. This game is very simplified for toddlers.
The first person to start puts on the mittens and tries to unwrap the chocolate bar with their hands before the timer runs out. Then you go around the circle until the chocolate bar is unwrapped and everyone shares!
- Why did Kathy want to give her own presents away?
- How did Melissa’s family help Kathy and her family?
- How did that make them feel?
- How can we help others this holiday season?