Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And Chanukkah starts. I’m kind of ready for both, which is better than not being ready for either. We have the menu done and the food bought, and part of it is already made. The girls gave me their wish lists, and I’ve looked at them. I’d love to buy them everything on the lists, and then some. Unfortunately, between cheer, a senior trip, an eighth grade trip, two graduations and a kid starting college next year it will be a holiday season about being with family, and not about the few gifts there will be. As it should be anyway.
I do have a gift for each of them for tomorrow night. Oldest One is getting a sweatshirt for the college she will attend next year, and Little One is getting a cute top and tank to go under it. Oldest One helped me buy the top for Little One (she is convinced she alone is keeping her little sister from being awkward) and in the process found an outfit for herself. I’ll be wrapping it up as her 2nd Chanukkah gift. I have no idea what I’m giving Little One for her second gift, but I really need to get on that.
Because we do both Chanukkah and Christmas we realized after one crazed holiday that we needed to manage the amount of gifts. So the girls get 2 very nice gifts for Chanukkah, and then they get more gifts for Christmas, but those also include socks and sports bra type of items. Not having grown up with Christmas, I early on decided stocking stuffers had to have chocolate, and then practical stuff like chapstick and hand lotion. The girls include those little items on their wish lists. I’m hoping to have a little money left over after putting on the feast tomorrow and paying the end of month bills to do some online shopping. Husband will probably have to be content with new underwear this year…he did ask for that specifically.
I’d like to say I’m excited about tomorrow, but I’ve learned not to have expectations for big holidays. Expectations lead to disappointment, and to crankiness. So, I’m looking forward to not having to get up early, and to eating good food. Beyond that everything else, such as family getting along, will be icing on the cupcake. I’ve warned the girls that as soon as their Grandparents arrive (Husband’s Mom and Dad) we will be taking pictures. Last year I didn’t get the pictures, and I know my in-laws really like them, so I’m going to push everyone into the backyard early, and get those taken. After that, no schedule, no plans, we will take it as it comes.
No matter what tomorrow brings, or how many people show up (we could have 3, we could have 15, fun to plan the food!) I know that Friday morning I can sleep until Noon if I want. Well, 11:30, I have something going on at Noon. I get to watch two of my favorite movies this weekend, When Harry Met Sally and Love Actually – we watch them every Thanksgiving weekend. We will put our tree up, and Husband will put up lights outside. I think I am having expectations here, but that is okay, the expectations have nothing to do with Thanksgiving itself, just what happens afterwards. And I have plenty of chocolate to get me through if these expectations don’t go as expected.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukkah!