It’s that time of year again when we try to hold on to our traditions and ignore the noise that gets louder every year pushing us to be consumers.
This year families all over had to plan their Thanksgiving dinner around working as the sales started on Thanksgiving instead of waiting for Friday. Can’t we give families one day to be together?
This year, as every year, we visited a store the day before Thanksgiving that has a huge holiday display of trees done in themes. My kids look at some of the merchandise to get ideas for people still on their gift list but we rarely purchase anything on this day.
Everyone has their favorite display, mine usually has a nature theme to it and this year was no different.
We stop for dinner on the way home for a quiet bite to eat as it’s an hour and a half drive each way and the little ones get hungry. There are two days out of the year I eat out, The day before Thanksgiving and my son’s birthday. Eating out isn’t something I enjoy any more than that.
Thanksgiving is a quiet day spent at my son’s house. We have a delicious dinner, watch some football and play with the children. After dinner, right before I head home the children get to decorate the tree.
My granddaughter is a pro at this but Little Guy stole the show. He was so excited the adults just sat back and laughed at his antics. He squealed. He jumped up and down. He even danced to a song he made up about trimming the tree.
There’s nothing better than experiencing the holidays through the eyes of a child.
That alone would be enough to be grateful for, but I received a surprise package, two actually, from a friend.
The first contained a beautiful doll, a toy for Little Guy and lots and lots of patterns for me.
These are just some of the patterns in the package. Can you see the brooch on the far left? There were three brooch kits in the package, two have already been claimed by my granddaughter, who wants a cat stitched in one, and her mother.
There were three needlepoint kits in the package which were so me and will be the perfect addition to a wall I haven’t known what to do with in my kitchen. I knew immediately this was what I had been waiting for and got to work on one of them right off.
I hadn’t done a needlepoint kit before. It was fun and quick to stitch, it still needs backstitching around the petals but you can see how vibrant the colors are. That blue, my favorite color, really pops.
There was also a kit to make a sewing notion box. Immediately, I thought of my granddaughter whom I bought a small sewing machine. I’ll finish this off with some really cute fabric and fill it with all the little bits that she can use.
The following day I received the second package filled with children’s books. Here’s just a few of them.
There was a book called Walter the Farting Dog, which instantly became Little Guy’s new favorite. What else would you expect from a little boy. 🙂
Receiving is difficult for me. I think we learn as children how to accept gifts, as a child I didn’t have that opportunity but I’m learning. I can easily give gifts and realize to give I must learn how to receive.
My friend mentioned at one point falling in love with a cross stitch pattern but her eyes prevent her from stitching. I offered to stitch it for her. It’s a beautiful and pleasant pattern to work on. I haven’t gotten very far but this is what I have after two weeks.
How do you prepare for Christmas? Have you received a random act of kindness?