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Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Thanksgiving is coming up and boy I’m looking forward to eating some great food and seeing family.  I know everyone has traditions they enjoy with family on special holidays.  What are some of your family traditions?

We travel to my in-laws house every year and spend Thanksgiving with them.  When my kids got a little older, we decided we would stay home and celebrate Christmas in our own house.  This was important to us, but we also wanted to see my in-laws during this time of year. I really like how everything has worked out.  My in-laws visit us over the Christmas break so we actually get to see them twice.

Pumpkin Pie dessert

Pumpkin Pie is the perfect dessert to eat after an amazing dinner.

Thanksgiving Timeline

We usually eat at my sister- In- laws house and we have about 12 people.  I enjoy getting to see my niece who is three.  They live seven and half hours away so we really enjoy spending time with her when we are in town.  We have tons of appetizers and watch football while we wait to eat lunch. My mother- in- law makes the best chipped beef dip.  I only get to eat it around the holidays when she makes it for us.  I am really into salty food right now so this appetizer is amazing. We usually eat around 2:00 and then watch football again. My kids are obsessed with the mac and cheese my sister-in-law makes.  It is fabulous and they crave it all year.  We always go around and tell what things we are thankful for.  Of course we have left overs around 7:00.  I am thankful for leftovers!!!! That is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving.  I’m sure most families do this.  Then we head back to my mother-in-laws.  I have not gone Black Friday shopping the last couple of years (since they have started it on Thursday).  I have just shopped online and avoided the crowds.  If my daughter wants to go then I’m up for it this year.

Thanksgiving place setting

Gorgeous table settings make for a lovely evening.

Turkey dinner

Turkey and some of my other favorites for Thanksgiving dinner.

I would love to hear your timeline for Thanksgiving Day.  What are your traditions?  Do you have any new things you are doing this year?  Check me out on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter to see my holiday happenings.  I’ve started decorating early this year for Christmas.  Last year, I was a little stressed so this year I’m going to take it at a slower pace and get things done early.  This is my favorite time of year and I want to enjoy it as much as I can.  I’m going to get things done, but take time to be in the moment.

Yours Truly,


Our Christmas Traditions

Our Christmas Traditions

I was so excited this year to decorate and even more excited to share some of my home with you. I am also sharing these ideas on Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk link party. Head over to and see all the houses. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy this post and stick around to explore.

link party

I hope you can find some inspiration in my holiday decor. My family and I love Christmas so much and we really enjoy having the house decorated when we come back from Thanksgiving break. I am one of those early decorators.  Everything just seems so magical when the trees are lit, your house smells of baked goods (or in my case a Bath and Body Works candle), and you are surrounded by your family members.

Welcome to my home!


dining room place setting

My dining room place settings

We don’t use our dining room much, but when we do I love to go all out.  My Lenox Eternal china accented with the Lenox Holiday salad plate comes are just stunning. The red and green really pull together to make a beautiful place setting.

 O Christmas Tree

blue & pink tree

This is my blue and pink angel tree.

This is my blue and pink angel tree that goes right in front of my bedroom.  My husband turns this one on first thing every morning.

Hallmark tree

My Hallmark and homemade ornament tree.

My mantel

My simple, but elegant mantel

Little details

The little details


Each tree I decorate has a color and theme.

The tree in our living room is our main tree.  It is 9′ and has all our homemade

and Hallmark ornaments.

The rest of the room is decorated in traditional red and chartreuse green.

My tree in the kitchen is 7 1/2′ and is done in the traditional red, green and gold.

It is adorned with bows, picks, and ornaments.

My traditional tree

My red, green and gold tree

winter wonderland tree

My winter wonderland tree

 My newest tree is in our den.  I’ve decorated this tree for 2 years.  This is the room

our family gathers in to watch tv or just hang out.  I decided to do this room in

a winter wonderland theme. I guess I was inspired by Frozen like everyone else this year.

Everything is decorated in silver or white.  This room

just glistens with glittery ornaments, ribbon, flowers, and icicles.

My winter wonderland

My winter wonderland

 Thank you Jennifer for hosting this year’s holiday house walk.  I thoroughly enjoyed

looking at your home as well as the homes of all your participants.

If you haven’t

toured these homes yet you are missing out.

It is important for my family to celebrate Jesus’ birth

as the true meaning of Christmas.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is

CHRIST the LORD. Luke 2:11

Yours truly,