I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of our spread for Thanksgiving. We had 30 people here for dinner, many with dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten/nut/dairy allergies, pre-diabetic)– and yet, the food was wonderful and plentiful, and I’m hoping tonight is the last day of leftovers! Ours is the Ex-Pat Thanksgiving, where foreigners show up at our door who don’t have family/parents living in the States. Over the past few years we’ve been hosting, we’ve gotten to share in our friends’ first tastes at Thanksgiving and the traditional foods. It’s been a blast, and has helped me to appreciate what this holiday is about even more.
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I’ve spent the past few days doing internet Christmas shopping, only to realize that everyone else seems to be doing the exact same thing– our stores here didn’t seem much busier on Black Friday than a usual Saturday afternoon. On Friday, I had to run an errand which took me to a bookstore and got a spot out front. Someone told me the other day that internet shopping was up 25% this holiday season– given the state of our parking lots at local business, I believe it.
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I saw my kids off at 7 AM this morning. It was way too short of a break for kids that have been in school since the second week of August, and have had only 2 other days off, aside from the 3 at Thanksgiving. We are already in “counting down” mode for Winter Break, and this year (unlike previous years), my husband will actually be OFF for Christmas AND New Year. Woo hoo!
I’m already counting down…