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