Our Thanksgiving Day did not go as planned and for once that was a wonderful thing. We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (I grew up calling it the Macy's Day Parade, but my hubby says Macy's Day is Friday, not Thursday.) and waved at the floats and giggled at the characters floating high in the sky. My fave is still Snoopy. ;-)
Then we did my favorite Thanksgiving Day thing~ we danced to Christmas music. It's a great way to work out energy and get ready for a yummy dinner.
And I actually cooked this year! Those of you who know me will appreciate that fact. My kiddos starred in their cooking debut too with a family recipe for cranberry sauce and a gluten and dairy-free pumpkin pie that turned out yummy.
One of our traditions at dinner is to have 3-5 corn kernels and at different times during the meal we go around the table and say something we're thankful for with each kernel.
Our youngest daughter's thanks were simple, but made me smile. She was thankful for a loving mommy (a miracle of forgiveness because it's not been an easy few weeks), an awesome daddy, and her grandparents being here for Thanksgiving.
It always warms my heart to hear thanks for relationships and God's protection. We ended our last round with thanks for the freedom to worship Christ this holiday season and a line from our favorite holiday movie, "God bless us everyone!"
As you prepare homes and hearts for Chrismas, I pray the memories of Thanksgiving Day and all the little and big things we have to give thanks for will fill your mind and help you savor this season.
If you're so inclined, join me in two activities that always slow me down and fill me with peace: dancing with a little one and sitting by Christmas tree light, surrounded by memories.
Wishing you a Christ-filled season of memories and moments knit together with love.