Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving and New Traditions

I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Thanksgiving. Not sure why but even when I was younger, I didn't like it very much. Maybe it's because I am not into turkey too much, the rest of the food items, yes. I won't say I hate it as I don't like using that word because it's too harsh and I don't want to teach my children to "hate" anything or not like a holiday because I don't. Don't get me wrong, we did have a big meal at my dad's house and I am very thankful but sometimes, it seems that people get caught up in one day and forget about the other 364 of the year.

This year, we started the Christmas Season off early. The decorations have been up for over a week now and we got our Christmas tree yesterday. Getting the tree this early, is one of our new traditions, as in the past, we've usually gone the weekend after Thanksgiving. Jerry wanted to go early as he thought the trees might dry out, when the weather got warmer. He was right as it's 80* here today and supposed to be that tomorrow too. The lot was also empty at our local Home Depot (I know, I know but we have slim pickings for tree lots and they're less expensive) and we got a beautiful tree! Since we are on a strict budget right now, we did forgo our tradition of going out to breakfast for dinner.

Another new tradition that came to visit us this year, is our new elf from "The Elf on the Shelf". He came last night with his book, while the kids were in the bath. Gracie named him Amos and this morning, when she woke up, she found him putting the first ornament on her pink Christmas tree. It's going to be an exciting time around here until Christmas, as each morning, after Amos flies back to our house from the North Pole, he will be found in a different spot. I plan on taking pictures each day and posting to my blog.

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Poor Kyle was so tired, he decided to rest on Gracie's shoulder. I thought it was adorable!

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Amos is frozen until tonight, when he flies home to Santa. The kids know they can't touch him or he will lose his magic.

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