I hope those who celebrate had a great Thanksgiving yesterday :)
Eric and I may finally have figured out a "system" that actually works for us when it comes to holidays, wahoo (only took 6 years haha). The problem with Eric and I is that both of us are very close to our families and very set in our traditions. Neither of us would settle for casually celebrating Christmas a few days early, or eating Thanksgiving dinner on Black Friday (unless perhaps ALL traditions and people who are usually involved would be there, which would never happen). Our attempt to visit with both families in one day was nearly always a failure because we would miss something we wanted to do or someone we wanted to see at one or both houses. Last year we decided to divide and conquer so we could both do what we wanted to do, but that wasn't really the best plan either. To make matters worse, Eric and I are both oldest children so we are the first people in the family to have other things we have to do on the holidays so it's that sense of, everyone is there celebrating except for me :(
This year we finally decided to split the holidays and spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas with Eric's. We'll be hosting Christmas Eve so we'll see both families then. I think this is the plan will work the best for us. If we are not worrying about what time we are going to get to the other house, we'll be able to really enjoy the holiday with each other's families. So far it worked well yesterday...
Some of my favorite dishes...
My first plate:
My mom even made a special pumpkin pasta.... Italian Thanksgiving?
After a delicious dinner, we headed over to my grandmother's house to see the extended family...
Overall, the day was great :)
How do you navigate the fun of holidays? What are your favorite traditions?
PS. Anyone Black Friday shopping today? I do not shop on Black Friday at all- I know you can get the deals other times (and online) and plus I can't stand crazy crowds of people :) Eric and I may run a couple of errands later today, but we will definitely avoid the mall!