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Is it just me, or do the holidays seem to be rushing at us like an out-of-control freight train? I am SO not ready.

The kids have already made their Christmas "wish lists" (and checked it more than twice), but I haven't even shopped for Thanksgiving yet and it's less than 48 hours away! My daughter — who is so in the Christmas spirit she practically glows like Rudolph's nose — has decorated her room with pink twinkly lights and a fiber optic Christmas tree she found at Goodwill. She even wrapped boxes to look like presents and plopped the tree in the middle of the floor and surrounded it with the wrapped "presents." That kid could get a job doing department store holiday windows!

For me, though, Thanksgiving and Christmas come at an already stressful time. My life is hectic enough without adding in the extra costs of buying food we don't normally have or buying presents for far-flung relatives. (There's not a lot of wiggle room in our budget to pay for said presents.)

Figuring out how to stretch the paycheck to handle the extra load makes me squirrely, and all that cleaning you have to do to open your home to "outsiders" (even if they are close friends and family) adds in another thing to do in my already-full day.

Fortunately, I love to cook, and I'm looking forward to the soothing smells of roasting turkey and warm apple pie. Our Thanksgiving Day menu is pretty small, as the kids are wary of dishes they're not used to and our guests eat like little birds. Turkey, stuffing, cauliflower puree (instead of mashed potatoes — lighter on the waistline), rolls and pie and we're good to go.

And we'll hopefully be ready enough that we can slip away to the traditional Santa lighting downtown on Wednesday night, which the kids absolutely love. (I'm in it for the free hot chocolate!)

So Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Eat more than you should and then go for a walk. The weather's supposed to be nice. Enjoy!


Hope you had a nice thanksgiving and enjoyed your hot cocoa! Holidays can be stressful. You just have to take some time every so often to slow down and take in the fun memories of the season.

You are so correct. I think during this time of year we have the thought " I MUST DO EVERYTHING" and then we try to cram it all in short amount of time. I think just like all the rest of the year we must learn a balance on what we need to do and what we want to do, especially this time of year. We can never get back yesterday, it will not be here tomorrow, so I guess we shouldn't cram it full of things we have to do, but enjoy the moment.

yep its all about finding the balance