It's been a long standing tradition at the Higham house to decorate for Christmas on the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving! So in keeping with tradition, this weekend we pulled out the tree, the ornaments, the lights, and all the decorations and we started decorating for Christmas!
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We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving day! We didn't do anything all that special. In fact, we really didn't do anything at all. What we did do was fun and relaxing.
One of our long standing traditions brings the kids into the kitchen to help with food preparations. And while we were going to a friends house for dinner, we still had some fun in the kitchen!
We decided to vlog our day, capturing as much as we could! After all, it won't be much longer before we have some major changes hit our house. Logan will soon be away at college, and Nate will follow a year later. So knowing that time is flying by, we are really trying to make memories now!
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We are so blessed. God has cared for us in some special ways. We have a wonderful church family, and some amazing friends. The kids are doing great. We are all healthy. And we are able to continue serving in ministry.
Yes, we have much to be thankful for.
We hope that you and your family had a great Thanksgiving! Thank you for being a part of our journey by reading the blog, watching our blogs, and connecting with us on our social media channels. As you know, our hope is to encourage families. So we hope that we are encouraging you!
- the higham family
I'm sure you've seen the Jelly Belly, jellybeans that come in wild and weird flavors. You know grass clippings, smelly socks, dog food, booger; they're pretty gross. Well, we picked up a package of Jelly Belly's, Bean Boozled, and decided to have some fun with a family challenge!
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The holiday season is upon us. In the days and weeks to come, we will be bombarded with Christmas ads, shopping specials, Black Friday sales, and a whole lot of food. But the holidays offer us so much more. Memories and fun. Stories and laughter. And of course, holiday traditions.
The holidays are packed with traditions, and like most, the Higham's have their fair share. In fact, I often wonder what the holidays would be like without traditions. Today, we're sharing three of our favorite Thanksgiving day traditions.
Thanksgiving Dinner Helpers
A newer Tradition that has become part of our day, involves the kids helping with the dinner meal preparation. Just a couple of years ago, we discovered that each of our kids had their favorite dinner item. From the decorative candy place settings to the pumpkin pie for dessert; each one looked forward to something. Then Amy had an idea to involve the kids with the dinner prep, by asking what they love the most. She then had each kid help her with that dish of the meal. For instance, our oldest loves Amy's sausage stuffing (which we all really love) so now, each year, he helps to brown the sausage, cut the bread, and prepare the flavoring.
We accomplish a couple of thing with this. 1. Amy gets some help in the kitchen. 2. We involve our kids with dinner beyond just eating it. 3. It creates intentional one on one time. 4. It hopefully provides the opportunity to for new memories. 5. It teaching and passes down cooking and recipes!
Now we wouldn't recommend having the kids around the stove while they are super young, but even our youngest helps by making our candy place settings and table decorations.
The Official Kick Off for Christmas
We like to slow down and enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday. For the most part, we stay home and just enjoy some much needed family time. We play games, watch football and relax. But more than just being Thankful, Thanksgiving is the turning point of our year. While it's no longer a hard and fast rule, the day after Thanksgiving is the first day of our Christmas celebration.
So every year, the weekend after Thanksgiving, we pull out the Christmas decorations and we begin filling up the house with all of our favorite Christmas decor! The tree, the lights, the ornaments, the holiday decor, and of course the Christmas music and movies. It all comes out.
So what are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Do you have special meal time activities? Do you go "home" to be with family? Comment below and share your traditions!
- the higham family
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