Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving and Stuff

A few days before Thanksgiving, we baked ginger cookies, packaged them in mason jars and attached some hot chocolate. With our Santa gear on, we grabbed the wreaths that our friends had ordered from the preschool and kick started the Holiday season with our deliveries. After that, we drank hot chocolate together in our grocery store. As we were about to leave, the kids and I chatted about the pretty Christmas tree in the food court. That was when I noticed that the tree was covered with ages of children who are in need of a Christmas present. 

I explained this all to Judah, with just simple details and together we decided that we should go pick a tag off the tree and get a special present for that child. He walked up to the tree and read the numbers on each tag. After thinking for awhile, he decided to choose a boy, age 7. As he carefully unhooked the tag from the tree, I had to pull it together, to not become an emotional mess. I didn't expect any of this. We were just there, having a cup of hot chocolate after delivering wreaths and before I knew it, I was choking up watching my 4 year old take this tag off the tree. I love that when we look for opportunities to teach our children to give, the opportunities are everywhere. We make it seem so complicated, but it's not complicated. If we slow down long enough to see what's in front of our eyes, the opportunities are right there. I think the key is slowing down long enough to really see. You know, not just see what we need to do next, but see what's really happening around us.

Delivering the wreaths and cookies was so fun. We haven't done anything like this before and seriously, I could get really into it. There's just something about singing loudly in the car with your kids while you drive around, making your deliveries. They wore their Santa gear and pretended that Judah was Santa and Paisley was his helper.

The day before Thanksgiving, the preschool put on the nicest "feast" for the families. Some of the kids were pilgrims and others were Indians. Everyone did crafts, ate lots of good food and then the kids did a few songs and rhymes for us. It was so cute and the kids did such a great job! 
Our Thanksgiving celebration was at my sister's this year and it was just perfect. With my mom, step Dad, Uncle, my Dad, my sister's family, a friend and her family, there were about 10 adults and 8 kids (all 4 and under). The kids had their own table, which was decorated super cute. I should have taken a photo of it, but I completely forgot.

Together, we ate lots of amazing food, and after our meal, we shared what we're thankful for, which is my favorite part. I love hearing my Dad share his gratitude list and hearing my Uncle share his. There's just something about hearing someone count their blessings out loud. It makes you feel like you know that person in a whole new way.

The food was incredible and just look at this sister with her big 'ol turkey leg. She is just too much.

So, now that Thanksgiving is over---I'm going to say it here for the first time this year.......
Merry Christmas! Oh yeah, that felt good. Tomorrow we're going to go chop down our tree. Yeehaw!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this joyful and inspiring blog!! You remind me of one of my favorite writings from Antoine de Saint Exupery: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye"


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