AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: November 2, 2012 | COMMENTS: 6 Comments
And so it begins.
My two favorite months of the year. Why? The holidays, of course. It seems that as soon as our last treat is passed out, and the jack-0-lanterns have burned out, I’m ready to take on the business and warmth of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Yesterday I vacated our home of the Halloween decor in favor to a few pilgrims and turkeys. I’d been saving my points from a rewards program and finally accrued enough to splurge on this gorgeous ceramic turkey from Pottery Barn! I’d been eyeing for a few years.
The crowning glory of the month is Thanksgiving. It’s such a special holiday where we reunite with the cousins, aunts and uncles that we adore so much. We cook and we eat.
Then we cook and eat some more.
The best part? The laughs.
We belly laugh over stories that we’ve heard hundreds of times. We celebrate milestones–this year there’s an engagement and a new baby on the way (uh…different people…just clarifying!). The younger ones rack out in sleeping bags, the line for the bathroom is constant, but I feel so blessed to have this kind of time with my family. I absolutely cannot wait!
Of course, my holiday prep to-do list is gargantuan. First up is a task that I don’t always remember to complete. This year I’m on top of it. Yay me! You see, I absolutely adore amaryllis bulbs.
The bright red flowers are so pretty during December, but in order to enjoy them, you have to get the bulbs going now! The other day I was tearing through Meijer and noticed the bulbs on an endcap. I scooped up a few and planted them this morning.
The entire process took two minutes. For more information on how to plant your bulb perfectly, watch the one minute video below!
I think the thing I love most about amaryllis is that they sit on my window sill and with every centimeter of growth, I’m reminded of the fun that’s about to come. Anticipation of Christmas is the best part.
I’m so grateful for my cyber friends and loved ones. You truly have no idea how all of you continue to be such a huge part of our happy ending. This past week, our local ABC affiliate ran a story about just that…our gratitude. I think Sean’s giggles are the best part.
I hope you all have a blessed weekend. Play in some leaves…
… be grateful for your homes and loved ones, and please, hold all of those suffering in your prayers right now.