Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

The Friday after Thanksgiving is our traditional family get together.  We have our turkey dinner, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, cranberry/apple/yams, green bean casserole, watergate salad, pumpkin pie and pumpkin rolls.   My daughter came in late Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday and Thursday we cooked and had our dinner.  Then on Friday my son and daughter-in-law come over and we have our Thanksgiving dinner with them.   But before we eat dinner the day starts like this:  I make scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and then afterwards we begin testing the outside Christmas lights.  Here they are sorted by colors in piles on the driveway ready to be strung.  
In the early afternoon I fix a little snack.
This is the end result...or part of it.  This is the front of the house.  The star over on the left side of the house was made by my father-in-law.  I asked him several years ago if he could weld.  I told him that I wanted a big star to hang on the front of the house at Christmas, and what he made is just perfect.  I have 600 lights strung on it, and it hangs there every year. 
This is the front and side of the house.  There are lights on all 4 sides of the house and some out on bushes and trees in the back yard.  We have 9,000 lights outside this year.
After the outside decorating is finished we come inside and eat Thanksgiving dinner while we watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.   It always seems appropriate, and the last few years it's become our tradition. 
I haven't done any quilting since a week ago today at the Shipshewana retreat.  That is the plan for tomorrow.

Speaking of Shipshewana, I have my photos of the retreat up on my webshots page. 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Stitching!!!!

7 comments:

Staci said...

Your house looks so pretty! And your father in law made you the mosst wonderful star!
I'm looking forward to getting home and decorating. Also missing my sewing machine & quilting time!
Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Maria said...

WOW Your house looks gorgeous LuAnn

Annemariesquilt said...

It looks like you had a perfect Thanks Giving..
I love the idea that the hole family comes together have fun and eat some homecooked meal. The light around the house is awesome ;-)

Raewyn said...

It's so interesting learning about the traditions everyone has. Your house looks gorgeous all lit up.

Kris said...

Very awesome lights. The Griswolds would be proud. I love that movie.

scraphappy said...

Congratulations on getting so much accomplished over Thanksgiving. We watched Christmas vacation on our car trip, it's become a family tradition for us as well. Love your house. Such great fun!

Candace said...

Sounds like Thanksgiving is not just another holiday it's an event for the whole family. Good food for days and a beautifully lighted house at the end. You must need at least a day or two when it's over to get a little rest. Lots of wonderful memories being made.

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