Every year,a family friend will graciously invite my little family to her house for thanksgiving. We rarely see them during the year, so it’s always a good time to catch up and enjoy a great holiday meal.
This year, however, my kids caught a cold right before the holiday break, so sadly we had to miss it.
The morning of thanksgiving, we were all up bright and early. My husband pulled a surprise— he took out the Christmas tree, so we all joined into the task of assembling and decorating it.
The boys had a blast in helping hang ornaments on the tree. We also put out the rest of the Christmas decorations.
We cooked a simple turkey dinner with a couple of side dishes. We even, for the first time, used our formal dining room since we moved into the new house in January.
We laughed a lot and ate our hearts out. It was a relaxing, heartwarming, and full-filled day!
Look, when we roll with the punches as a family, we can turn any ditches and bumps into a joy ride.
Friends, the holiday season just started. We have already been bombarded by the endless sales, deals, and commercials from stores on our digital devices.
And we’ve made many plans, and accepted many invitations.
It’s so easy to be distracted by all the stuff and ignore the simple truth to the holiday season— celebrate Jesus and our God-made lives and families, take time to enjoy each other, and replenish our hearts with gratitude.
So keep it real, keep it simple and keep the focus on what’s truly important, dear friends.
May God bless you with a peaceful and joyful holiday season!