The Calm Before The Holiday Storm

candleflickeringautumnFor many, Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of a whirlwind of feverish preparations for the Christmas season.

There’s shopping, decorating, card-writing, wrapping, baking, cleaning, partying and just about any other “ing” you can think of.

The older I become, the more I am able to appreciate the words of my mother who has always said: “Thanksgiving is truly the best holiday; it has all of the joy and none of the stress involved with Christmas.”
(Wise lady, my Mum!)

This year, I’ve tried especially hard to sharpen my focus on every precious moment of the Thanksgiving season. So much to appreciate . . . so many blessings to count – family, friends, blog readers (you!) . . .

Not to mention daughters who bake pies! 😀

Chocolate Pie

Pumpkin Pie

As I write this post, it’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have not yet shopped or decorated or developed a case of the Christmas jitters. I’ve ignored the noisy TV commercials, the barrage of email sales announcements, and the towering pile of store flyers in my mailbox. It’s been a calm and reflective 4-day weekend.

Perhaps you will try it next year . . . you might just like it!

I’ll begin to think about Christmas – tomorrow! There will still be plenty of time to plan, plenty of stores that are open, and plenty of holiday sales to be had.



I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The Calm Before The Holiday Storm — 4 Comments

  1. Those pies look great. It sounds as if you had a blessed Thanksgiving with your family. I agree Thanksgiving is the best holiday!! Family, food and fun no pressure.

    Tonight hubs and I took the dogs and went to the Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Illinois. It was so pretty to walk thru and see the story of Christmas in lights.

    We spent Thanksgiving weekend in Bedford Springs, Indiana. Scott’s sister lives in Columbus, OH and this was the half way point. The hotel was beautiful and we had a great time. We spent last night in Santa Claus, Indiana and came home today. Tomorrow is the last day of classes and then it will be time for a break.

  2. Oh, this will be a very relaxed Christmas for us. We’ll stay quiet, spend less time and money shopping and more time baking. And lots of puppy playing!!

    Best wishes for you and your family.
    Much Love

  3. You know…I felt calm just reading this lovely post. Next year I’m going to have a better plan, slow down, and enjoy everything a bit more. You’re so right! xoxo

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