Wednesday, November 15th 2006
the holiday spirit. or not.

the holiday busy season has officially begun here at the holy house.

i’m trying to figure out the Thanksgiving card that i’ll help 10 6yr olds make at their party on friday (gah!), and what i’m NOT doing is considering what to pack or how to have a thanksgiving week out of state in a rented house near where Kim-12yr is. do we cook? what do i cook? what do i buy already done….? a whole week of holiday, therapy, and all the emotions that go with that. (everyone’s emotions, which are a potent mix.)

i’m off to cut turkey parts out of paper and not think about next week. looking forward to reading about all of your holiday stuff soon.

y’all are already on the ball right?


17 Comments on “the holiday spirit. or not.”

November 15th, 2006
8:43 pm

I say if it stresses you out to cook, don’t. Luby’s (or other places) have turkey dinners to go. Hope everything goes better than expected (and have fun cutting out all the turkey parts!).

November 15th, 2006
8:59 pm

Hope all goes well.


Mary, mom to many

November 15th, 2006
10:09 pm

It may be too late for this, but here is a suggestion for the Thanksgiving cards. Have the kids draw a tree trunk and then trace their hands for the leaves. In each finger they can write one thing they are thankful for, and they can add as many hands as they want/need. No cutting required!
Good luck with everything else. I’m in favor of buying whatever saves your sanity.

Antique Mommy
November 16th, 2006
6:33 am

Make it easy on yourself. Buy everything at the local grocery store (order ahead). Bake up some box brownies for ambience. Focus on your family, not food. I would make everyone play games. Forced fun is the mark of a good holiday.

November 16th, 2006
7:19 am

I’m with Antique Mommy–family….not food. When we travel over the holidays….I simplify, simplify, simplify! Pick one or two of your family traditions and see if they are travel-friendly….all others…..throw out!

May your family be blessed and strengthened during this visit. I will be praying for you….and look forward to reading good report!


November 16th, 2006
7:37 am

get to Boston Market complete meal. I had it one year when a friend’s kitchen was ruined in a small fire. She swore she’d never cook again. It’s much easier (especially when TRAVELLING) to just have it done for you.


November 16th, 2006
7:38 am

Kroger, Albertson’s, etc. all have what they advertize as complete dinners–turkey, dressing, an couple of side dishes, and some kind of dessert probably. More expensive than cooking, but way less stress. Add a fresh salad, or bake some of those frozen cookies, for the aroma–or order some from a bakery. Focus on family. Bring lots of games. And videos for the little ‘uns.
Prayers, hugs, and love.

November 16th, 2006
8:04 am

Definitely don’t cook – unless you think roasting a turkey will be some sort of pleasant distraction. I say buy whatever you want – enchiladas if that’s your flavor – and we’ll do the cooking at Christmas. (You know I will anyway.)

November 16th, 2006
8:55 am

we are done with thanksgiving, being in canada. As for christmas, well aside from decorating the house starting in december, im done that too, gifts are all bought wrapped and labled in my closet!

I finished in September

November 16th, 2006
8:56 am

I say you buy the whole shabang and focus on family rather than the mess of preparing for it. And there’s no reason it has to be turkey. Go Chinese if it floats your boat or order a family meal from Macaroni Grill.

I also recommend the purchase of a very fine wine to be paired with your favorite Godiva? Ghirardelli? brownies to help ease yourself into a relaxed state through it all.

Still praying for y’all, Kelsey. Love ya!

November 16th, 2006
2:17 pm

Good Luck! I hope that all goes well for all of you.

November 16th, 2006
3:41 pm

I’m overwhelmed just reading your second paragraph. I say buy everything you can and try to take lots of deep breaths. If that doesn’t work…ummm, maybe just eat a bunch:)

November 16th, 2006
4:01 pm


Definitely buy whatever the hell you want to eat.

Praying for you like crazy!


November 16th, 2006
6:42 pm

Hoping for the best!!!

Blond Girl
November 16th, 2006
10:15 pm

I wish I could say I am on the ball, but I have to admit that it is more like the ball has been picked up for me. Now that we’re here in IL, we’re joining Champs’ extended family for Thanksgiving… some 30 strong! All I have to do is bring three pumpkin pies. So, i’m all good.

Oh, if you would like to hear about Geekwif’s visit to our home, or for that matter, see pictures of our home, then I invite you for a visit. I’ve been out of circulation for awhile and need some company. :-)

November 18th, 2006
2:20 pm

I’m so sorry this can’t be a more happy time for you guys. I know it’s hard with Kim in that place getting help but just think of the Holidays to come where things might just be better!! I’ll be praying for you guys for sure!!

November 18th, 2006
6:43 pm

Try not to stress too much and keep things as simple as possible, and always keep a sense of humor! I’ll keep you in my prayers, Happy Thanksgiving :)


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