Thanksgiving day is almost here and I am gearing up to entertain twenty people. I’m posting some funnies to remind myself to keep my sense of humor in the busyness of planning the holiday dinner.
I can always use a chuckle to lighten things up during the holidays because I generally have concerns about how the big day will turn out. I find myself more productive when I take time out for a little laughter.
I am not an organized and creative ‘Martha Stewart’ type. It took me half a day just to select some folding chair covers. With all the information on the internet, you would think there would be some good info to guide you to the best chair cover for a common folding chair from Costco but no.
Several different sites instructed me to measure my chairs but there weren’t any covers that seemed close to fitting the size of my chairs. The ones I thought might be best had no photos of the back of the chair cover. That’s what I wanted to see. Isn’t that what the guests will see first? Back and forth, back a forth, at some point I had to choose. Although I was doubtful, I clicked the ‘checkout’ button. I’m not having bare folding chairs for my dinner guests. I want them to feel special because they are.
For only $2.99 each, the covers weren’t bad. ¹ They will add to the ambiance of the table. I am going to experiment with some accent bows but I haven’t picked a color scheme yet.
The Thanksgiving holidays remind me once again of the value of making memories, laughter and the importance of family and friends. I am very grateful I have a big extended family to share it all with.
This past month, all of my siblings and I traveled from different parts of the country, to be together, to honor my mother for her 85th birthday. My sisters planned a week of special surprises and family outings for mom to share with her nine children.
We had many fun celebrations that week in Pennsylvania. It was an amazing blessing to have the opportunity to share a little piece of life in the homes of several of my sisters and brothers. They all have different styles but love comes in every style and there was an abundance of that. I got to meet my youngest nephew Dylan, for the first time. He is such an incredible joy as are all my nieces and nephews.
A Gift of Laughter
It was a delight to spend quality time with my mother, She has a fabulous sense of humor. I suppose you have to develop that to survive raising nine children! Her humor is a great gift to our family. It’s no wonder that research has discovered the importance of humor in strengthening families. ² I plan to indulge in as much laughter as I can this holiday. It’s fat free!
A Beautiful Mess
There was a lot of singing and dancing in our home, growing up with my eight siblings. Our house was usually noisy and a little messy. When most of the kids were still very young, my older sister and I would help my mother clean, but it would only stay that way for a couple of hours. I heard my mom say often, “I need more house cleaners and less singers and dancers”.
Mom worked so hard taking of us. She never did get her wish of having a house that was sparkling clean; but she felt she got something better. At her birthday party, mom gave a short speech to the guests, saying so sweetly, “God must have known what he was doing when I married Al and had these wonderful children. Of course at the time I wasn’t so sure”?! (Big laughs) “But they’re wonderful and I’m so proud to be their mother and I couldn’t have had better children”. We were all misty eyed.
We’re not always “wonderful”. There were a fair amount of arguments growing up and still are now and again, but we never hold a grudge and we’re always quick to love and forgive.
“Be a lover, not a fighter”. – Al Alberici, (our dad)
Life is messy but we keep dancing!
“In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs and the floor dances.” ~ Rumi
I’m especially grateful for my incredibly loving husband Steve and my daughter Lindsay and the beautiful music they play in my heart. For this and so much more, thank you God.
From our house to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge”. – 1 Corinthians 1:4 – 5
1. The material of the chair covers I selected is called ‘scuba’. The fabric has a nice weight to it. I received the covers quickly. The seat part of the chair cover was a little large but they fit okay when I tuck them toward the back of the chair seat, There is only a slight 1/2 inch over hang on the sides. Still great for the price. Thank you CV Linens!