The Christmas season is well upon us & our family is as ready as we are going to be. We do not overbuy gifts so the shopping is always done before winter sets in. We are trying to teach Gardenchick that Christmas is about much more than getting "stuff". We put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving as we always do & set the train up around it. The front porch got some garland & a few lights & that's it for the decorating. I love to see houses that go all out for the holidays, but it is not my style & I have always thought that simple is better. Gardenchick has written out our menu so we can get in to town for groceries next week. She will be making her favorite holiday foods as well as a new one that her Grandma Wanda has said she wants her to take over making for the family tradition. Our just turned 8 yr old is handy in the kitchen.
We hold tradition very close in our family. Getting through the holidays is not always easy for us so we take a deep breath, hold on to the ones we love & thank God for another year together. Here's hoping you do the same in your family.