Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Bridal Talk Tuesday - Blending Holiday Traditions
Happy Tuesday ladies! I hope you all don't think I've forgotten about you - I had a super busy week last week and weekend celebrating my birthday. It was a great weekend and I have some pretty new goodies - more to come on that later this week, though!
I have been cooking up a storm this week preparing for Thanksgiving - we're having a potluck at work today, my classroom is having a Thanksgiving party on Wednesday, and then I'm preparing for real Thanksgiving with Corey's family on Thursday. This is the first Thanksgiving in my entire life that I haven't spent with my parents and my own family and as I was preparing a Bridal Talk Tuesday discussing my take on bridesmaids dresses, I changed my mind completely and decided to talk about a more serious topic.You'll have to stay tuned another week in the near future to check out my top picks for my what my bridesmaids will be wearing.
Today I wanted to talk about blending holiday traditions. I am an only child and I have never spent a Thanksgiving away from my parents. There were a couple Thanksgivings where it was just me and my mom (when I was representing South Carolina at the National American Miss pageant in California which took place during Thanksgiving week, for example) but most of the time I've had both my parents with me and other members of my own extended family.
On my 21st birthday my father was admitted into the hospital for congestive heart failure. He stayed in the hospital for a week and it was unbelievably scary for me. He came home on Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving and even though we ate steamed vegetables and low sodium stuffing, it was probably the Thanksgiving where I felt most thankful.
I can't wait for the day when Corey and I own a house and can host Thanksgiving there for both sets of parents. This year, we're spending Thanksgiving with his family here in New Jersey and then we're flying home to spend Christmas with my family. Everyone seems to be pretty happy with this arrangement for this year and I'm excited that Corey and I will be spending the holidays together.
I love the holiday traditions I have with my family but I love Corey's family as well. I really wish we could just have two Thanksgivings and two Christmases so I could celebrate both holidays with all the people I love. Compromises are being made - I'm making macaroni and cheese to bring a bit of Southerness to Thanksgiving this year and I know my parents will adjust our Christmas traditions to make Corey feel at home.
My question for all of my married and engaged readers, what are one or two ways you've blended your holiday traditions with your significant other?
I'm excited that I'll be spending Thanksgiving with this man, this year and always.
A little bit of a ramble today but I think this is a more serious aspect of wedding planning than the usual fluff we've been discussing - you know, the hair, shoes, wine choices, etc. And its something I've been thinking about today!
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