Thanksgiving is our road trip holiday. Awake at 5 a.m., ice chest behind the driver seat, and one stop at the Starbucks that opens at 6 a.m. on the way out of town.
Driving past The Destiny Grill in small-town Texas where your destiny is obviously a chicken-fried steak. Pointing to cows at every turn. Dumping your water bottle in your lap, but no matter because you still have a couple of hours to dry before you get there.
We talked about the trips we took when were kids. My family took trips in our green Oldsmobile with beach towels tucked into the back seats so our legs wouldn’t stick to the vinyl. We listened to that distinctive sound the road makes under the tires, and of course, about fifty “are we there yets” which is a tradition that continues to this day.
With Thanksgiving leftovers settling in my stomach, my thoughts now turn to Christmas.
Christmas is our home holiday.
While making up my holiday plans this year, I’m trying to think of ways to use what we already have.
There’s the advent wreath in my granny’s old bundt cake pan.
Our Christmas tree topper is a striped knit hat, and the tree itself is stored in the back room and has to be assembled. The tree skirt is my white summer skirt from my closet.
A couple of days ago I pulled out a tablecloth and cloth napkins that we should use on a more regular basis instead of saving them for special occasions.
There is a rosemary bush growing in front of a building next door to our apartment, so perhaps we can take some branches and use them somehow in our decorations.
Last year we made garlands using dried orange slices and buttons, and this year maybe we’ll string classic popcorn.
What I’m mostly getting ready for are the gifts. I made Tom’s quilt last year from favorite old clothes, and this year Doug wants one for himself. He has old pants I can cut up now that the back pockets and cuffs are frayed. I love sewing in December. I have some worn out sweaters that I think might become a stuffed animal friend for Tom.
For Lane I’m going to record Doug and I reading her favorite stories so she can listen to them on my iPod. We also have some LEGO that we bought a few weeks ago and have saved for her.