I don't do a lot of preparing for Thanksgiving. Although I enjoy the day spent with friends and family, my responsibilities are few. I set the table but Dan does all the cooking and preparing the turkey, etc., friends bring side dishes, my youngest son bakes the pumpkin pies. So, I just sit back and enjoy the day.
However, the arrival of Thanksgiving heralds the arrival of a holiday that does take LOTS more prep time for me....Christmas. I love decorating the house and making new centerpieces and/or mantel decor. I make gifts; I shop for some gifts; I bake (only a little); I make cards. I'm a busy bee.
This year I've started my gift making with making this little wreath for the boys to hang in their apartment so they have just a little something seasonal. The only thing I bought was the wreath form (a 24" $6 wreath at Michaels) and everything else I had from years of gathering Christmas doodads. So, about 15 minutes of my time yielded a seasonal but not too cutesy or girly wreath for them. Hooray, one down!
I salvaged the big bird from a live wreath given to us a few years ago and kept saving it for ..... something. I know you all understand - it was just too cool to toss. A bit of remnant ribbon (I have bins of it!), a cut up sparkly green pick, some cones and cinnamon and I was done. First time I've fired up the glue gun in a while and it was fun - I wanted to make 5 more!
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