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As the kids grow older, each year the anticipation for the upcoming holiday seems to start brewing earlier. I remember getting a Halloween catalog in the middle of summer, and the kids choose their costumes immediately. I ended up ordering their costumes by September 1, and I recall carrying the box upstairs on the elevator, with surprised reactions by friendly neighbors who thought it was so early for costumes. Now with Halloween behind us, it’s all about Thanksgiving prep. Thanksgiving for me is the kick start to the holiday season, gearing up for the new year, and taking part in all the fun traditions we share together as a family. The kids are on their best behavior as they wait for Santa, especially with the help of our “Elf On The Shelf” (actually, Elves on the Shelf in our house), who make their debut on Thanksgiving night. I have to say that the holidays have come even earlier this year with wreaths and lights already strung throughout the streets of NYC- it feels like it’d never been decorated this early.
The holidays are probably some of the most memorable experiences for kids, and they make for some of the most fulfilling moments as parent. The sparkle in their eyes is just so magical to watch, and the excitement is something that only happens during this time of year. I’m proud to say I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner, but Thanksgiving is typically spent at my parents house, and they love every minute of cooking it up!
I may not be in charge of making the actual turkey, but there are tons of side dishes and desserts that I look forward to preparing for this festive day. Some of my favorites are: Butternut Squash Soup, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Stuffed Artichokes, and this year, I will be attempting Chocolate Chip Scones! And, at this age, the kids are really into helping me prep and bake.
Another big thing we have planned this year is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We have only seen the floats in person when they were grounded, while being inflated, the day before the parade. It’s something I’ve always wanted to experience, and I feel this is the year all three kids will really appreciate it.
This weekend, we took the kids to Target, to start our Thanksgiving and holiday prep. While it was too early to shop for the food for Thanksgiving, we were able to stock up on just about everything else. Target was in full-on holiday mode, and they had plenty of holiday decor for the celebrations ahead. The kids were in their absolute glory as they each chose a fun character ornament for our Christmas tree. We picked up the sweetest Advent Calendar, a new Angel for our tree, the perfect Thanksgiving garland to hang on our mantel; and I even found new duds for our “Elves” Chippy & Snowflake. The trip totally got us all into the holiday spirit, especially when we took a walk down the toy aisles…the kids were practically screaming out their Christmas lists.
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