But sometimes it's the real-every-day and maybe not-so-perfect that makes the best memories. When we're decorating for the holidays it's easy to get caught up in the spreads of the magazines, to yearn for the beautiful new & shiny on every store shelf ... there are always gorgeous new things ... new dishes, new decorations, new ideas. But at the end of the day, for me, decorating for the holidays when there are little people in the house is all about them lending a hand. Rather than worrying about perfect mantelpieces and beautiful table top centerpieces that take hours to set up, I use preschool clay turkeys and ask the little ones to gather pine cones to help decorate. Get them to write letters on pieces of cardboard spelling out 'Give Thanks' and pin them onto a piece of string to form a banner ... it's these simple little touches that also teach them that their creativity and contributions are valuable, and make them feel so proud when they see their artwork hanging on the walls.
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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.