Sunday, November 20, 2011

We interrupt Thanksgiving for...

A little holiday magic!
I firmly believe in enjoying each holiday as it comes. I relish Thanksgiving for its calm family time when we truly give thanks. But I did make an exception on Saturday. It began with my sister-in-law's annual Open House Craft Show and Bake Sale.
I love to go early and help her set-up because then I get the first peek at all of her lovely creations!
She empties our her living room & dining room and creates a lovely Holiday Gift Shop.
I think it really helps give ideas on how to display her lovely work in your own home.
Of course, I came home with some lovely items that I can't quite share yet... but maybe one or two might show up in next month's giveaway :)
I couldn't stay all the way til the end, but her home was quickly emptying out with lots of happy customers leaving with bulging bags. It was on to my next festive event...
The 20th Annual Michigan Avenue Festival of Lights Parade!
Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse officially light all of the twinkling white lights that Michigan Avenue has become famous for.
You can watch the lights being turned on block by block.
I enjoy it because it is from the comfort and quiet of the offices where I work. I wouldn't be there if we had to stand in the throngs on the streets as I don't do very well in large crowds. Although it is fascinating to watch all the people from afar.
My youngest son and I took some friends along to share in the fun.
The local television station broadcasts from across the street (see the bright lights & white roof?)so we get to see all of the musical numbers from the back :) This is Mary Mary (in the middle) - the gospel choir and dancers were fantastic.
We now resume our Thanksgiving celebrations and will delay any further mention of Christmas until Friday :)

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
Colossians 3:15-16

Blessings, Patti


annie said...

Fabulous pictures! Love the craft itmes and esp. you birds eye view, just amazing!

rc trucks said...

Your Christmas eve is going on wonderful way, Craft work you did that I also done same way with Santa clause in red and green work. Your work is superb.

Nancy said...

Loved your post! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

MoonBeam said...

Thanks for a holiday filled post and some fun pictures.

Happy Thanksgiving.


bayrayschild said...

Thaks for sharing Patti .
Everything looked beautiful!


Sue said...

I love to relish each holiday as they come too, but these displays of Christmas were really a treat and oh so lovely!

I love your Scripture at the end of your post. Good words to live by :)


Wicked Faerie Queen said...

What a beautiful Christmasy post. I am in the middle of decorating here in Canada and I love to see other bloggers Christmas posts. Drop by sometime I am having a Christmas Giveaway this week.

Have a lovely day and a nice Thanksgiving,

TheCrankyCrow said...

Wow....that certainly does put one in a holiday spirit - those lights are amazing! I'm truly surprised, though, at all the cities and towns that "light up" before Thanksgiving. Our nearest town (that we claim) has always had the parade and light-lighting the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving - and I'm good with that. Hard to resist Christmas decorating when you see something as magical as that....And your SIL's open house looks wonderful! I wish there were things like that around here!! Have a wonderful holiday Patti! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Linda said...

Great post Patti! You do and see the most interesting things! Thanks for sharing!

marly said...

Thank you Patti, and the same to you. Enjoyed your post very much, beautiful photos! Your header piece is fantastic.