|The halls are decked. Already. :-)|
Yes, you read that right. The inside of my house is now officially decorated with garland and red bows, and the Christmas tree stands guard in the living room. I don't usually decorate this soon, but the days ahead are full and my daughter and the Grand Baby are coming to visit around the first of December. So I wanted to have Christmas, and if that means decorating on November 21, well, so be it. :-)
We will wait to do the outside of the house until AFTER Thanksgiving. :-)
For our family Thanksgiving, hubby and I always jump in the car with a few dishes and drive a couple of hours to this little town called Lake Hamilton--trust me, it's small. But they have a lovely old woman's club, and my family rents the women's club so all the aunts and cousins and friends can eat a meal together. We catch up and eat too much, then we play Dirty Santa--a tricky gift exchange, if you've never played it. Then we take pictures, clean up the dishes, and head home until the next year. It's a simple tradition, but I'm grateful for it. Without it, I'd hardly ever get a chance to see many in my extended family.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you travel or stay home? Do you have a favorite dish that simply must be on the table? Have you ever had Thanksgiving alone? I have, and it's not much fun. So if you know someone in that situation, invite 'em over and pull up an extra chair. You'll be glad you did.