The world has been a scary place to live recently. There is too much sadness and not enough empathy. I don’t watch the news, but we get the newspaper daily and I’m on social media enough that some days what I see just gets me down. When that happens, I do what I do best; love the people around me and decorate. We have to create our own joy when there is little to be found.
This past week we took advantage of every possible occasion to celebrate. We hosted the second annual Friendsgiving within our friend group. With 7 adults and 12 kids, we had a house full! It is a joy to host and I’m grateful to have a space to accommodate all those busy bodies. Table setting is a plus too!
We spent Thanksgiving with the in-laws up north. The food was simple and delicious as always. After the meal, the boys watched football, Grandma took the kids to the park, and my sister-in-law and I spent a couple of hours in the woods cutting branches and logs with which to decorate for Christmas. We brought wine and drank it out of half-empty water bottles we found somewhere in the depths of my back seat. Wine and hand saws. What could possibly be not joyful about that?!
We celebrated Hubs’ birthday with some wonderful friends in their new home. I made his favorite; a version of black forest cake with chocolate ganache frosting instead of whipped cream. It was delish! Our friends bought their first home, an old farmhouse, and have worked so hard to fix it up. It. is. beautiful! I’m proud of them and it’s been exciting to watch them through this process. It’s okay to borrow other people’s joy sometimes too. (Side note: I should have her photograph their new home and guest blog on here, don’t you think??)
Finally, the boys and I did our annual Christmas decorating while watching The Polar Express and drinking hot cocoa. Of course, Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE. It’s such a magical time of year, aesthetically and otherwise and filled with traditions that I hope my boys will carry on and bring them joy for years to come.