I would be sad without my family being close. I hope to make this thanksgiving special because our friend Ed just quit drinking, and his birthday is Thanksgiving, so hopefully he will come to our house and celebrate it with us, everyone else he knows drinks so I hope I can make this a good year for him even without booze. I dont know what traditions I can do for thanksgiving. Sounds silly I know but I just don't know what we could do. Honestly I am not really able to come up with traditions for any of the holidays.
I hope you have a wonderful birthday in your new house!
I bought $2 worth of fuzzy black fabric and some face paint crayon thingies for $2.50 at Joanne Fabrics...and the rest we already have! Easiest baby costume ever, and she'll be adorable :) I don't have any idea what we'll do, there are things going on at the zoo, and maybe there's something at the Children's Museum (we have a membership there).
We haven't been with family for Thanksgiving for 5 years, it's just too expensive to fly at that time! We'd rather go back for Christmas, so when we do travel at the holidays it's for Christmas instead. We do a full Thanksgiving feast with our close friends, who moved here about 2 years ago, so at least we're not all alone. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (no marshmallows...eew), green bean casserole (with crispy onions from scratch!), pumpkin pie (gluten free for us girls, "regular" for the boys), homemade whipped cream...all made from scratch with lots of love! And then we make turkey soup and turkey casserole and all kinds of things with the leftovers! Oh ya, and we usually do full Thanksgiving on Thursday, put all the leftovers in the fridge, and then Thansgiving 2.0 on Friday night :) Then we divide up whatevers left. It makes for a fun weekend!
I'll be about to pop this year at Christmas, so we're definitely not flying back to AZ. We haven't been back for Christmas in a few years, but to be honest I don't mind the quiet celebration. We have at least 3 families to include (my parents are divorced) every time we're back, so holidays are tough with that much moving around. We'll have a fun day with just DD, I'm sure she'll actually have fun with the presents this year at almost two, rather than not care at all like last year when she was 10 months old :)
I'll be closer to all the family and will likely have some of them popping through on the way to and from the main events. It'll just be different this year. I can't really plan what to do yet because I am barely holding it together with the here and now part. I'm excited to start exploring a home birth though.
We just celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend at the ILs. They live about 4 hours away, so it was a nice visit as it will probably be the last until after this baby is born. Now that holiday is out of the way, I cannot wait for Christmas! I started my shopping last night; I just happened to find a bunch of great Curious George books at the grocery store for a great price, so I bought the whole series (about 10 total). Both boys love Curious George, so these books will be a hit :)
Anilia- at least you will get to see your family a little bit. My husband would love to move far far away from both our familys so he only would have to see them once or twice a heat but I don't want to leave. It's a huge issue for us right now.