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Easing Into the Holidays

Day 45

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving. Normally we would be caught up in the swirl of preparations, but not this year. Our family will be spread hither and yon, so we decided not to cook a lot of food just for the two of us. Our daughter who lives fairly close by invited us to join them and we happily accepted.

Morning

It was another beautiful day here in the foothills. We had our coffee and took a morning walk. Ugh. I am really out of shape, but I am determined to get some exercise and move a little more.

The morning was cool, but not brisk like it has been. It felt good to be out in the morning air. It’s getting harder for me because I am showing signs of arthritis in my knees. But, we walked and after a short distance, it became a little easier.

The neighbors have horses and one was grazing by the fence that runs alongside the road. I noticed it had a blanket on this morning. I paused long enough to snap a quick picture on my phone. As we made our trek back toward the house, I stopped again to take a picture of all the horses grazing. The leaves and the grass are slowly disappearing into winter.

IMG_7827Breakfast was simple this morning. Hubby had cereal with organic blackberries and organic raspberries. I scrambled an egg in avocado oil and had a sliced avocado. It was really tasty. I am trying to be cognizant of all the unhealthy fats we add to our food and breakfast can be one of the worst! Afterward, I had a handful of organic blueberries. It was a marvelous way to start the rest of the day.

Afternoon

I spent the afternoon catching up on some blogs of my friends and responding to comments on my own blog. It is nice to take a few minutes to see what is going on in everyone’s life — it makes you feel closer somehow.

Today we planned a simple evening meal — chorizo, kale and potato soup. It’s simmering on the stove now, almost ready for consumption.

IMG_7834While I cooked, I decided it was time to turn on the Christmas music. Normally I wait until Thanksgiving day, but since we aren’t cooking this year, it just felt right. Next Friday we will make the trek to McAffey’s tree farm in Waynesville to pick out a Christmas tree. This has become a tradition for us. They cut the tree and then we get a cup of hot cider or hot cocoa. It’s a great way to kick off the rest of the season.

We have never shopped on Black Friday and I doubt we ever will. Our gift-giving is limited and we just enjoy the lights, the feeling and the meaning of the holidays. It doesn’t matter to me what any of us celebrate. For me, it’s Christmas, but for many of my friends and family, it is Hanukkah. What is important to me is that we cherish the reason for the holiday, be kind to one another and focus on what is important in our lives.

It is a time of giving. I encourage everyone to think about giving outside of your own family. It does not need to be a lot because every donation matters. There is so much need right now, especially following all the hurricanes and fires. Then add in all those struggling with health issues and work issues and financial issues, there is a lot of good to be done.

I cannot help but think back to the two times I worked for companies that decided to ‘downsize’ the first week of December. I pray that companies do a better job in managing their own finances so families will not endure such a hardship at the end of the year.

Off to have dinner. I am ringing in the holidays in my own simple way.

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” 

W. T. Purkiser

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4 thoughts on “Easing Into the Holidays”

  1. Such a nice post, Maggie. We’re having a simple small Thanksgiving, too, which has been our norm for many years, with some asides for gatherings with far-flung family, and sometimes with friends.

    Giving is always my theme at this time of year and we’re fortunate to be able to share.

    We don’t normally have a tree, aside from our small plug-in one, based on dried grapevine and assorted natural ornaments. But, since we’ve been at home during the holiday season the last couple of years, we always listen to Christmas music, too.

    One of the hard drives that I fished out from the understairs closet was labelled holiday music. I have yet to find what’s on it — to supplement the variety already on our elderly iPod.

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  2. Maggie isn’t it different when your kids are on their own? I love to decorate my house to the hilt for the holidays normally. I made a conscious effort to gift most of my holiday decorations this summer as I purged and cleaned out my home. It is time for simpler easier holidays. It sounds like you are doing what feels right for you at this stage.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Gentle hugs,
    Lauren

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    1. It is so different, Lauren. We always said we would not be the insistent parents. We love and enjoy every omens, but we try not to make it hard on them. So many different families. I try in my mind to understand how we did it, but then I realized we lived a distance away so our parents did not feel the push/pull to visit everyone. Sending you much love for an easy holiday season, filled with great love and compassion. 💕

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