We had a lovely, stress-free Thanksgiving this year, with many, many blessings to be thankful for. For the first time since 1999, I did not cook all or part of a Thanksgiving meal! I've been cooking and baking for Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday when I was growing up, since 1996, the year Dylan and I moved in together. This year, Thanksgiving dinner was a posh affair at the tony Las Ramblas restaurant at the Hotel Contessa on the Riverwalk. Everyone in our family loved it! Thalia and Carys absolutely adored that it was a buffet (there was even a low table with kid-food) and you could go back as many times as you wanted (in theory) for freshly-made waffles with ice cream on top. I kept thinking to myself, "Why have we not done this before?!"
We spent Thanksgiving weekend putting up our two Christmas trees and other indoor decorations, in addition to outdoor lights and reindeer. And on December 1st, as we do each year, we unpacked our box of Christmas books. I love to give Christmas books to kids, especially to mine! Classics such as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas as well as the novelty soft-covers with favorite current characters like Dora the Explorer, Backyardigans and Littlest Pet Shops.
Thalia's absolute favorite Christmas book since 2007 and "the authority" on all things Santa-related
The girls got so excited when we unpacked and sorted through nine Christmases worth of books! They squealed with delight at rediscovering their favorites--very much like reuniting with old friends. They even enjoy re-reading the holiday baby board books. We always pack them back up at the end of the month, so all of December is spent reading Christmas stories every night in anticipation of the big day. Each book gives us a little bit of holiday spirit every day! Then all too soon, the books are back in storage until next Noel.