There are sad aspects to Autumn, but instead of dwelling upon them, I like to think positive, to look forward...my OCD likes to make lists, plan and organize. I can tell the biggest difference in myself, in my own mood, when I stop fighting the OCD and just go with it. I want to sit down and make a list of Christmas gift ideas in September? Don't fight it. Don't think, oh, it's way too early and put it off. That's just something you are procastinating. Instead, just take 10 minutes of your time, sit down and make your stilly list. Be done with it! File that little list away somewhere for closer to Christmas. Maybe it will provide some good ideas for gifts. Maybe you will totally forget about it and find it some time next year when cleaning.
So, what kind of lists do I have made already for this holiday season?
Well, I have my Thanksgiving Day dinner planned. I don't get holidays off from my “pay-the-bills” job so I will be working that day. However, my normal shift ends by 2:30 in the afternoon on most days. It will take some planning, but this should not be an issue at all. Of course, Tom is quick to say he and the kids will help, but I enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe we can work something out though. Katie does love to bake! And both boys do love being in the kitchen. Maybe this is a goal I should set for myself…sharing some of the Thanksgiving Day to-do list.
My family is all 1300 miles away and I seriously don't see any of them making the trip up to visit me for the holidays. We visit Tom’s family over the weekend. I can make Thanksgiving Day all about us, which…has its benefits.
I think it would be really neat to have a table decorated too. I have not done that since being here in Maine. I think the cats would probably laugh at me for trying to sit out decorations, so I have avoided it for the most part, but I do decorate my Little Corner with a few Autumn decorations, one that even made the trip from Georgia (much to my mother's dismay!) Anyone have any good web sites or links for simple but crafty Thanksgiving table decorating ideas? Maybe that is another goal I can set for myself this Thanksgiving.
I think one of my fondest memories as a child at Thanksgiving, and one that I still make an effort to do now...I have to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Okay, maybe I don't HAVE to, but I really, really like to. No one ever seems to enjoy it as much as me, but both of my boys, every year, will wander into the room, sit down and watch a bit of it with me, and that means the world to me!
One of the biggest differences with moving from Georgia to Maine has been the difference in foods and traditions, which I am still enjoying learning. In the South, it's not Thanksgiving without my momma's dressing and dumplings. And let me tell you...I just got that recipe from her last year! (I may have been a teeny bit excited to finally get it!) We also cooked a ham and not turkey. A ham with pineapple slices and cherries and cloves. Which works out well here, since Tom’s family has a turkey at their family meal. We get to have both turkey and ham, we don't get overloaded on turkey by having it multiple days, and the sides that I cook to go with dinner are different than what we have over the weekend (except for maybe the green peas).
This year, I think dessert will be simple. I think we are just doing pies…a simple chocolate pie, coconut pie and a butterscotch pie. There were a couple of holidays where I can remember baking a warm butterscotch pie, and my daddy eating it...a lot! I think I would like to try that again.
My boys and I have always had a day of Christmas Baking (will save this idea for another post) so cookies and candies, while appreciated andgobbled instantly on Thanksgiving, are not a necessity, as we will have plenty in just a couple of weeks. So, this week’s blog post will end here with thoughts of Thanksgiving meals, turkey and pumpkins and cranberry sauce from a can…
Until next week,