One of my main reasons for not rushing into Christmas too quickly (although I am really excited to start those celebrations) is my five year old’s big interest in Thanksgiving this year. He has been asking lots of questions on what Thanksgiving means, and why we celebrate it. I have been doing my best to explain why we personally celebrate it and how traditions are passed down etc.
I am also taking this time to explore a little family history with both the boys. My great grandmother on my father’s side was part of the Penobscot Tribe. This tribe of Native Americans were the original natives of Maine where a lot of my father’s relatives still live today. My mom is really into genealogy and family history and is sending the boys a package this week with some more information. In this time of Thanksgiving and reflection and history I’d also like to read Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy Shipmates, has anyone else read it? I always enjoy her contributions on This American Life and it seems just such an appropriate time of year to dive into the book.
Oh yes and for crafty things…B has been drawing lots of turkeys…since turkeys are an iconic symbol of Thanksgiving. We made some cards for our friends a relatives. He drew all the turkeys and wrote a message inside. Together we glittered them up. I used a Martha Stewart pumpkin glittering kit that I got for 80% off after Halloween. It came with glue, and 3 big things of glitter in red, orange, and a cinnamon looking color. We still have so much left for other crafty endeavors as well. Oh and see the photo of B–he is dressed as Indiana Jones. We found a costume super cheap (also after Halloween) and he has been putting it on at least once a day. :)
Lots of things going on today, work to finish etc. Tom and both the boys have off school tomorrow so we are making some fun plans. The weather has gotten very very cold and we even had snow flurries all yesterday. It was so beautiful and put me in the best mood!