Well, actually, I don't have a whole lot planned...
*Thanksgiving week at my folks in Indiana. We will *finally* get to visit my sister's home, take family picures, go out to eat for Thanksgiving (yes, we are going out - to a lovely high-end place that specializes in this sort of thing), visit with a few old friends, and just enjoy Mema & Papa for a few days.
*Fun home school units and crafts revolving around the holidays, especially our Lord's birth. The kids are learning to love this time of year, just like their momma!
*Pioneer Club Pancake Night: not exactly Holiday-ish, but it falls right there in the season. I am handling the music for that night, as in I have been working with the kiddos on three songs to sing for the parents. Fun!
*CHEBWA Cookie Exchange: Can you really get by the holidays without a cookie exchange? This is for my home school support group (which I *love*) and I look forward to bringing home lots of cookies for my babies (but not for me...nope....really....).
*Choir Musical: I am involved in our church's Christmas Musical this year - I even have a small solo. My two oldest children and my dh will also be involved. I am looking forward to it (although I am NOT looking forward to memorizing ALL THOSE SONGS - I do much better if I can simply hold my music "just in case")
*Camp Christmas: this is an event held at our church. It is for all children, up to 5th grade. They arrange childcare, which this year involves evangelists with the older children, so parents can have a night of shopping, wrapping gifts, or simply dinner out with your spouse! Unfortunately, since MY spouse is hosting the event, I can't have dinner with him - but I can get a few hours of COMPLETELY ALONE time. Oh my goodness, I can't remember the last time. Really?!?!? Oooo, I'm suddenly very excited....
*Vacation: My dh has one week left of vacation. With the normal days he gets off during the holidays, PLUS a few vacation days added in, he will be home with us for about 2 whole weeks. It was approved yesterday - how cool!!
*Baking, baking and more baking. Need I say more?
*The Tree! It's a great tradition: finding the perfect tree farm, picking out the perfect tree, cutting it down with daddy, watching them shake it out and wrap it up, going inside to warm up, drink cider, eat a few cookies and browse their holiday gifts, handmade wreaths, etc. Then the daunting task of getting it straight in the tree base....well, most of it's fun;)
*Family Advent Celebrations: We do nightly ornaments, Bible readings, Christmas carols, candy-count-down, and prayer. Maybe I can make my own advent weath?
*Snow! Please, please let it snow for the holidays!!
Ok, enough. I need to go check my calendar for anything I forgot, then get to making some lists.
Ahhhhhh.......lists. I love lists. I haven't made a list in too long. Maybe that's why I feel so vague and fluffy-headed?? (no comments from the peanut gallery, thank you VERY much!)
Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to you all~