Means rest, from the week of planning, the day of cooking, the evening of eating, the night of putting up Christmas decorations, and finally, the aftermath of all of the cleaning.
But it was an awesome holiday for our family.
It was intimate (although loud and noisy), simple (even though I made more 9 dishes in addition to the turkey), and easy (even if we had to bring Baby J in to see a doc for an ear infection).
I can never get enough of this holiday, when there is absolutely no expectation but to cook and eat. And be together with loved ones. When reflection is really encouraged. For a busy family such as ours, I welcome all of these things with open arms.
But I do have to brag, folks...in the spirit of Handmade Holidays, I present my first handmade present of the season, finished this weekend.
(It's a stroller sized quilt, started almost 2 years ago! Done as an practice of improv, using only my scraps, to include the white/cream fabrics. The back is pieced as well, but I already have wrapped it up to be sent the first week of December.)
It's been a work in progress for a long time, until I decided who it needed to belong to, and then it took another 6 months. I KNOW! (I don't need to hear it, I need lessons in time management).
I suppose that's also what a couple of days of no expectations can do to a woman, it encourages her to tie up at least once loose end.
I hope that you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! And here's to officially welcoming the winter holiday season!