I did not take a single picture on Thanksgiving. I was the hostess and chef for this year’s dinner. I decided it was best to skip the photojournalism and focus on the food. I cooked for two days! The day before Thanksgiving I spent 6 hours preparing. I’m so glad because it staved off loads of Thanksgiving stress. We had a great meal of turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole, brown sugar glazed carrots, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and pies! I love Thanksgiving dinner.
Yes, we braved Black Friday. We finished 98% of our shopping! We have just a few other gifts to get that can wait a week or so. My mother kept our kids so my husband and I could shop together. We made the day a little date and had lunch while we were out. We didn’t do crazy by going out super early. We started around 8 AM and finished by 3. It was actually delightful. We didn’t have to deal with any of the rudeness or really any lines that tend to plague Black Friday stories. I also got our gifts wrapped that same night! Whew! BUT…it’s done and I can enjoy December. Well worth it.
Saturday, we decorated the trees…yes, trees. We have our main tree and the kids have small bedroom trees. I love the festivity of having lit trees all around. Throw in a nativity and a few other bits and bobs and we are all set! Speaking of trees, my cat has found a new toy. I kind of feared this. The ornaments have been safe, but my tree skirt is taking a beating. Beezus has taken to dive bombing the skirt and sliding. Straightening the skirt for a whole month is going to be super fun! At times, she enjoys lounging under the tree. That I don’t mind. I just hope we don’t have an Aunt Bethany’s cat moment.