Thanksgiving ~the forgotten holiday

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We move from weird Halloween decorations to putting up the lights for Christmas and turning them on! In 6 weeks, we will gather our families together to count blessings, enjoy each other, create memories, eat WAAAYYY too much. Why not slow it down and savor it?! Last year after all were done with dinner and the guys were watching football and playing billiards, I gathered the ladies together and we sat around the table to make homemade gifts. (Yes, I was hosting, I preplanned and they had to participate 😌).

I bought the sewing machine down and we made bath salts and heating pads filled with rice. The ladies were told in advance to bring a glass jar and a bag of rice. It was so funny watching and listening to them trying to figure out what they were for. I had tons of 100% cotton flannel or other fabrics for my stash. I precut them the week before plus a few extra. I also ordered different salts and a large bag of Epsom salt, large box of baking soda and four different types of essential oils.

To my surprise we had so much fun and laughter. Everyone had to take turns sewing their own flannel (no one sews but me) to make the tubes for the heating pads and they had to sent their own rice, if they wanted; as well as scent their own bath salts if they desired. Almost forgot! – the food coloring to change the colors of the salt. (I will see if I have pictures) It was a blast! My daughter joined us via Skype for two hours!! My carpet had food coloring stains, rice was EVERYWHERE and there was a profusion of scents that lasted past Christmas. The best part came afterwards -dessert!! I would not trade those memories for anything. Everyone left with stories to tell and share with others, left over dessert and homemade gifts to jump start their Christmas.

Now tell me, how you plan to make your Thanksgiving memorable …. I would love to hear your traditions or your out of the box things 😊. I’m not hosting this year but I am in charge of entertainment. Here is what I am working on so far.

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