Monday, November 22, 2010

Our Thanksgiving Plans

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday rush.  The eating, traveling, visiting, laughing, playing, partying, fighting, cooking, rush.  Most years we travel - between 2 and 4 hours - in one direction or another to visit with family.  This year we are doing something different.  We are staying home.  No one is coming.  The four of us are going to a late lunch at a fancy schmancy restaurant that hosts a Thanksgiving buffet.  We are following it up with a family movie.  (We'll probably go see Tangled.)  The rest of the weekend will be spent putting up our Christmas decorations and starting our holiday baking and cards.  Right now, to me, it sounds a bit like heaven.   It isn't that I don't enjoy seeing family and friends.  I do!  It is just that our life has been so busy lately that it feels like we haven't had time to be a family.   Between school, ballet, soccer, work, birthdays, concerts and programs, we are over scheduled.   I am thankful that we are able to participate in all those activities.  I am thankful that we have friends and family that we love (and love us).  I am thankful for so much about my life.  It is just that I want to have the time to truly appreciate the minutiae of it.

Even if you're not ready to cancel your Thanksgiving plans, I really think that now is the time to slow down and make sure that you are enjoying your spouse, your children, and your life.  Take a day out to just be a family without worrying about all the other things going on around you.   Eat cereal for dinner and play board games when you would normally be doing the dishes.  Let your kids help you pick out the menu for a night.  Shop together, cook together, and clean up together - not worrying if there is still a piece of cheese stuck to the plate.   Turn off the phone.  Turn off the computer.  Remember what it is like to be with those that you love.  Remember why it is that you love them.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea!! We have the whole family over, which is fun but exhausting and dinner out with a movie sounds lovely!! Gotta tell us how that went!