Saturday, November 26, 2005

Traditionally Modern

When I was growing up there were still grandmothers who baked bread from scratch and families remembered all the words to the carols and told the stories of Christmas from their hearts. My older children were raised in the 80's and we didn't have two extra dimes to spend but somehow I was able to make some magic happen. The world is so different today so fast paced and busy it is hard to stop long enough to even think about making a new memory.

When I was little everyone had a live Christmas tree, some families even went and cut a live tree from a tree farm. It still happens today but, a new tradition is made every year when we teach the children how to properly open the branches on our artificial boxed tree we keep year to year. Maybe it is not the same memory I had as a child or even the same that the older kids experienced as little ones. But, our family has to make adjustments and new memories. Besides, it is far more environmentally friendly to use an artificial tree year after year...Isn't it?

A few days ago we had Thanksgiving dinner and it was one of the very best. It was at our house this year and my turkey turned out better then any I have ever made. My stuffing was a little wet I added an apple and I think that was just a bit too much. The table was so pretty with the china I bought last year from my Aunt Terries dear friend. It was absolutely beautiful and Makala made place cards for everyone. The kids table even had china and glass cups and the gaudy gold flat ware.

Usually I don't go out shopping the day after Thanksgiving because I am broke. But, this year I am using my credit card with a budget. I hope I don't go over--too much. I was able to get almost everything finished on Friday with a few minor things more to get. Seems that Jeremiah and Tori are on the short end of things right now.

Today we have been getting all the decorations out and trying to put things up and make things pretty. I love decorating for the holidays.

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