It was a great holiday

Holiday weekends are really the best, aren’t they?

And, this was one right up near the very top of my list of person best times. It was as close to a traditional “greeting card” holiday get together as it could be, complete with waking up the next morning to the season’s first measurable snowfall.

We had about two inches of fluffy white stuff on the ground when we got up and I already have my first snowman of the year in our front yard, complements of Alea and Alison, who came back on Sunday just to continue another family tradition and build one for Grandma.

We celebrated the Maurer family Thanksgiving on Saturday afternoon with a houseful of family – four generations in fact, since our two great-granddaughters were there. We had Kids, grandkids, great grandkids and even Jack’s brother Brent and wife Cathy who came up from Gun Lake to celebrate with us.

Of course there were all of the traditional favorites, turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash and green beans, rolls… And, after unstuffing the bird and “stuffing” ourselves, the kids and grandkids played board games (another annual tradition) and we “old folks” caught up on all the news while waiting for our stomachs to make room for dessert.

There was plenty of that too: pumpkin pie, cheesecake, brownies, and even a birthday cake since great-granddaughter Ayssa was also celebrating her second birthday all week long.

All this celebrating isn’t very good for the waistline unfortunately. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Press Releases on the internet, ” Thanksgiving is a holiday full of tradition, indulgence and, regrettably, extra pounds! ‘A 160 lb. person would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles to burn off a 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving Day meal,’ said Dr. Cedric Bryant, ACE chief exercise physiologist. Many people start by snacking throughout the day and that combined with the meal can lead to a total caloric intake of 4,500.” They recommend reducing intake before and after the holiday and increasing exercise to compensate for the big day.

So although we will have to drastically limit our intake around here for the next few weeks and walk every single day at least twice to make up for our weekend indulgence, as Jack said this morning (Wednesday), it was an almost perfect holiday with the only sad thing being the absence of two grandsons and two granddaughters. Three are in California and one in Florida this year, but maybe we can all get together in the summer sometime.

Family really is the best part of the holidays.

I think it really must be time for another family picture if only we can get everybody together again.

Since Grandson Jason and family and Jack’s brother and wife stayed with us for the whole weekend – everybody left on Monday – it was extra special all weekend around this house. We even found time on Monday morning to get in a little local Christmas shopping and have breakfast in Farwell.

 In fact it seemed more than a bit “empty” around here by Tuesday afternoon when everyone had left again.

Now we will begin counting the days until Christmas when we get to do it all over again…