Me: I love getting up on Thanksgiving morning, eating something yummy for breakfast and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my kiddos. I also love baking and cooking all morning long with Kensington.
Erin: I love being with my mom. Waking up early and getting a head start on cooking. Watching the Today Show and getting ready for the parade. Every year after Thanksgiving dinner, we watch Home Alone and Christmas Vacation to bring in the Christmas season, officially!
Where do you eat your Thanksgiving meal?
Me: This year, we’re eating Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch actually) at my mom’s house. It varies year to year, but this year, it’s at Lovie’s.
Erin: This year, we’ll be at my parents’ house in Indiana. Last year, we were at my brother’s house in Vail and stayed in a beautiful mountain home. (Insert me being very jealous of Erin!)
Me: I plan ahead! I write down everything I’ll need (including paper towels, napkins, etc) several weeks beforehand. I shop early (because you always forget something, so shop early and take inventory!), and I keep a really good list. My favorite tip is to prepare big dishes (like casseroles and sides) in disposable pans. Who wants to clean up baking dishes after Thanksgiving? Not me! This makes cleanup a cinch! And never be ashamed of getting help from the store (pies, rolls, etc.).
Erin: I don’t stress out! I make a list, I do all of my grocery shopping before my company arrives, if they’re spending the night with me, I make sure my house is already clean, and I make sure all of the serving pieces are located.
Now…let’s talk about Christmas. I know it’s November but Christmas is already on so many people’s minds!
When do you decorate for Christmas?
Me: I decorate mid-November. This year, I decorated on the 12th (pics to come!). It’s a lot of work decorating for Christmas, so I want to soak up as many minutes of it as I can!
Erin: I usually decorate after Thanksgiving on December 1.
When do you start listening to Christmas music?
Me: The better question is when did I ever stop? I really could listen 365 days a year. But…I start listening every year right after Halloween! (Click here to see my post on Christmas music!)
Erin: Ha! I listen to Christmas music year-round. It’s really crazy, if a song is on my i-Pad or i-Phone and it comes on, I don’t change it. I love Christmas music! I intentionally start listening Thanksgiving Day. (Click here to see Erin’s post on Christmas music!)
I kid you not…Erin and I both blogged about Christmas music this week…on the very same day! We are two peas in a Christmas music-loving pod!
Speaking of peas in a pod…
…Erin also loves the Gap supersoft tee that I have been raving about! People…it’s the BEST tee you will find this season. Period. End of story. Look no further. Click here to see the other colors too! And PS: everything at Gap is on sale right now.
OK, let’s list some of our Christmas traditions…
Me: Watching every Christmas movie we can get our hands on (twice), driving around and looking at lights, drinking hot chocolate, going to the mall to see the ice skaters and Santa, lots of walks all bundled up at night, and plenty of time cuddling on the couch looking at our tree. We also love attending the special Christmas services we have at our church and sharing the message of Christ’s birth with our kiddos.
Erin: We love Christmas movies, wearing Christmas pajamas, sitting by the fire, sipping something hot, driving around and looking at Christmas lights, attending our church choir’s Christmas performance, building a gingerbread house and doing an Advent calendar together as a family to help bring our kids back to Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.
This house cracks me up.
And on Monday…