This year, I’m not quite single for the holidays. I’ve got the FFK* with me.
But as I mentioned last year, I have learned that I need to be intentional about the holidays so that I don’t end up singing Blue Christmas. As a singlish person living on a tropical island, fall and the holiday season can create a little sadness, loneliness and longing. For home. For more. For a simpler time. And lets be honest…It doesn’t feel like the holidays when the sun is shining and everyone is wearing bathing suits.
So may I present to you this years….
CREATE THINE OWN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS 2016
Decorate for Fall. Start drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Light a fall scented candle.
Head to the Pumpkin Patch with the FFK and a few friends. Wear a sweater. Drink lavender tea at the Lavender Farm. Snuggle up with Finding Father Christmas and a blanket (and the AC cranked).
Begin Operation Random Acts of Kindness. This addition is inspired by my friend Jenna. Something happens in my soul when Christmas starts shining in the distance. All of the sudden I am aware of all the things I want. This year, I want to focus on meeting the needs of others. Hopefully with the FFK in tow, we can get creative and spread a little light and a little joy. Don’t tell her though. It’s a surprise.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Because I travel for Christmas, I have found that decorating early makes all the difference. So bring on the Christmas music and lets deck the halls!!! I am one of those saps who needs at least 6 weeks of Christmas music to feel like I got my moneys worth.
The night before Thanksgiving.
Last year I struck tradition gold. I compiled the best Thanksgiving episodes of all time (in my humble opinion). The FFK and I will while away the evening watching these classics as we cook our Thanksgiving delights. There is a slight chance that the FFK will roll her eyes and mock my television brilliance. If so, we will end up watching The Walking Dead. But here’s hoping.
This year I’m planning on attending Gluten-Free Thanksgiving with the usual suspects. The FFK decided she wants to join us because, “that way I can have two Thanksgivings. One with you. And one with my mom on Saturday.” I’ll be honest. I choked up a little when she was making the plan. This fostering thing is tricky. You have to keep both an open hand and an engaged heart. It’s an interesting balance.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving.
2 words. Gilmore Girls. 3 more words. All day binge. Thankfully the FFK will be feasting with her mom all day.
To be honest. That’s about all I can get my head around at this point. I am a born antcipator but life has gotten a little more full. So the plan for December…will have to wait.
In the meantime…
How do you celebrate fall and the coming holiday season?
I’d love to know!
Love, Love, Love,
The Girl Who Lives in My Head
- FFK=Future Foster Kid. It started as a way to refer to whomever I would end up fostering. As in, here is the FFK room. Once she came to live with me, I still call her that in my head at times.