Favorite traditions …

Every year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, my daughter and I indulge in the same tradition. It started approximately four years ago and it’s one I’ve come to look forward to weeks ahead of time.

Our kids go to different schools and her school happens to be off the day before Thanksgiving, whereas our youngest has a half day. Being the only two females in a house full of males, we take the opportunity the day before Thanksgiving to rent a “movie of her choice” from the library and have the house to ourselves for a few hours.

Sometimes we buy donuts (since it’s early in the morning) and sit together eating them while sipping coffee (for me) and whatever drink of choice she prefers that day. Other times we just come home, curl up with blankets, and enjoy what’s on the screen.

We usually pick a movie that stays with us long after the credits are done. We both like movies that make us think, sometimes cry, and start conversations with many rabbit trails.

Those four hours in the morning set the stage for five days of family togetherness and a host of more Thanksgiving traditions our famly indulges in every year.

Do you have certain traditions you enjoy with your spouse, children, extended family, or friends? May you spend this holiday weekend embracing those things you’re thankful for and getting to let those in your life know how much you love them.

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

© Cheri Swalwell 2019

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