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Thursday, December 1, 2011

What Makes a Great Holiday

Last year I wrote about having Christmas bliss in the midst of commercialism and consumerism.  And I have really strived to make holidays meaningful with the gifts and food aspects of them secondary.  And this year I wrote about having a game plan for fitness during the holidays.  Well, I'm here to give you a progress report for Thanksgiving - overall, I'm very pleased!

I kept to my promise and ran the San Antonio Turkey Trot.  It was so much fun - a gorgeous park, perfect weather, and the best way to start a Thanksgiving Day.  My mom pushed the two older boys in the Bob; Michael stayed behind with Isaac since Michael was sick; and I ran with my 10 year old nephew.  It was awesome, and it was a great memory that I'll have with my nephew.
And instilling a love for fitness in my kids is a big goal of mine, so to see them run the kids' fun run is just priceless.
Levi (right) wasn't buying it at this point.
But that is one happy, running kid there. 
I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house for probably the past 5-6 years, and I have a love-hate relationship with it.  I love cooking and cleaning and crafting and getting everything perfect down to the tiniest detail, but it sure stresses my husband and kids out.  And then I put so much pressure on the event that when everyone isn't as happy as I'd hope them to be, or able to stay the whole time, or not hungry because they just ate a Thanksgiving meal at their other family's house, it's a bit of a letdown.  (Damn perfectionism strikes again; I probably stress everyone out.)

All that to say that I really appreciate the work that goes into doing a Thanksgiving dinner well.  This year we took a break from hosting Thanksgiving and went to San Antonio to spend it with my family (and to meet my newest niece that was born), and boy oh boy did my cousin and his wife do an amazing job.

First of all, they used my Granny's china, and you know how I feel about china that gets used.  I seriously don't think I've ever been as in love with any particular china as much as I'm in love with my Granny's china.  It's, in a word, exquisite.

Secondly, they had everyone sitting at the same, gigantic table (obviously a grouping of tables - a great idea).  I loved it!  There were a ton of people, but everyone was able to talk to everyone else.  Brilliant!
And thirdly, the focus was family, not food.  Yes, the food was amazing and delicious, but it wasn't center stage.  (It sure was yummy, though.)  We hung out and lingered long after all of the other guests left and looked at Black Friday ads and drank wine and eggnog with rum and had a great time catching up.  It was perfect.  I've never hosted a Thanksgiving as successful as theirs.  I think I might throw in the towel for a while since I enjoyed theirs so much.
I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings.  I'll get caught up on my blog and Facebook reading one of these days and read about them!  And I really hope you can find some Christmas bliss in the midst of this crazy season!  Love and peace, y'all!


  1. Love reading how you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with your San Antonio family. Great memories!

  2. I've been listening to a series on Hospitality. It's really great. U sound kinda like me and I got a good deal about the biblical call for hospitality. won't let me paste the link. It's at - listen to The Heart of Hospitality.


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