The countdown begins! Well, actually, it's already began, but it's officially begun on my blog. The countdown for what you ask? Until my husband, son and I decorate for Christmas. Not sure how much help Manuel will be, but still, he'll love it! :) I love, love, love decorationg for Christmas, I always have. Ever since I can remember the day after Thanksgiving was THE DAY, the day our Christmas "season" began. Even after my parents divorced when I was about 14, the tradition still continued. And my hubby and I have decided to keep that tradition going with our family. 9 days, 9 days, 9 days! WOO HOOO!!! A little add-on to that tradition that Manny (my hubby) started last year was while we are decorating he cooks our own little mini-Thanksgiving dinner. A) It's delicious and B) it gives us leftovers for the rest of the week and weekend, YUM, YUM! Let me back track by saying that I'm not one of those people who "skips" Thanksgiving and goes straight to Christmas! Oh no, I LOVE Thanksgiving, and actually, it's my favorite holiday. There is just something about that rings so special and true to my heart. I really think it has to do with our tradition of going around the table at Thanksgiving and everyone says what they are thankful. Typically it is a lengthy process because each family member (which is usually about 12-15) doesn't mention just one person or thing they are thankful, oh no, I'd call it more of a monologue, which no one seems to mind. We all sit around laughing, crying (oh yes, lots of tears, normally happy ones) and just reflecting on how TRULY blessed we are for not WHAT we have, that's not important, but for WHO we have!!!!!! I am already preparing my "speech" for this years dinner in my head. I am even trying to have my 2 1/2 year old have something prepared to say. He doesn't do well on the spot so who knows what, if anything, will come out of his mouth. But boy, if he says something, the table will be filled with "awww's" and tears! :) We will remember the good, the bad, the happy, the sad from our year, but bottom line, we usually always walk away from the table happier people! If you don't do it, start that tradition at your house this year.
Oh, and another reason I just might LOVE Thanksgiving is because Thanksgiving 2005...it was my husbands (well, boyfriend at the time) turn to say what he was thankful for and I was SO nervous for him. It was his first time doing this, and I was apprehensive as to what might come out of his mouth (sometimes he doesn't think before he speaks! ;) So when I got to him he said, "I'm thankful to be a part of this family. I'm thankful for Christina (moi! :) and what I'd be most thankful for is if you would be my wife Christina..." (cue the "awwww's" and tears. ring comes out of pocket). My jaw dropped, I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO shocked. I started bawling my eyes out, and of course said yes. Ohhhhh, I just love re-living that moment!
Off to draw a diagram of how I want the outside of my house decorated this year (this is our first year in a non-apartment, so I am going to go all out. Classily, of course! :)