Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Over the river and through the woods....

Instead of exchanging gifts our family is very into 'experiences'.

We always let the grandkids pick what they want their Christmas Experience to be and the past few years they have chosen
 'Medievil Times.'

When asked this year they both cried out in unison,
"Medieeevvvvil Tiiiimmmes."

I admit...I spoil the grandkids a little more than I should and I reeeally hate to say 'no', but I just absolutely cannot watch one more round of jousting for the 3rd straight year in a row.
(However, if you haven't been you really need to!)

So. This year I decided to redirect.
But what?
One of their favorite things to do when they come to my house is to have tea - and we pull out all the stops. 
We use the silver tea set, with tea sandwiches, cookies or crumpets. 
We dress nice and place beautiful linens across our laps, and I pretend to not notice that they put way more sugar (and I mean way more) in their tea than their mother would ever allow.

   Afternoon Christmas Tea at The Ritz Carlton seemed like the perfect gift this year.

But one night while I was taking Lillian out for her last constitutional before bedtime, the crisp autumn air combined with the big sparkling Texas sky reminded me of the old time FFA Hayrides we had in high school.
The lightbulb still didn't come on until I took my first stroll through the neighborhood on Thanksgiving night to see the Christmas Light Show which is absolutely MAGICAL!!

Then BINGO! The idea hit me - a Christmas Eve Hayride to see Christmas lights!

So, here's the trailer we will use.
 I've already found the hay from a nearby farm!

I made the announcement to the family a few days ago and not only were the kids ecstatic but so were the grown-ups!

First we will fill up on a nice hot soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Then we'll bundle up for the hayride and come back for 
Christmas Cookies and a Hot Chocolate Bar.

I am hoping this will be a yearly tradition.

I'd love to hear about YOUR Christmas and Holiday traditions. 

til next time - 

Kathie and Lillian


Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea! I know everyone will enjoy it! You guys are the best!

Kathie Truitt said...

Thank you, Trisha! I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas with your new pups.

Valerie said...

I think that is the perfect family experience! Well done!!

Dewena said...

This sounds like so much fun! The whole evening does. I loved the experience of being driven around to look at Christmas lights but to be in the open air while doing it is fabulous--unless it rains. Do you have plan B for that? Or big umbrellas? Sometimes an upset plan A is fun though. About 6 years ago all of our children and their families spent the night in our rather small farmhouse, pallets and sleeping bags for the younger ones and after supper we lost electricity for 5 hours. After a few groans it turned out to be the best night ever.

Actually your previous "experiences" sound fun too. I have a feeling you make everything in life fun, just from the short time I've visited here!

Kathie Truitt said...

Dewena - if it rains, I'm screwed. HAAA!! Not really. We will just pack them up in the truck (we have an extended cab) and drive through the 'hood. I am VERY conscientious of everything being fun - or memorable for everyone.