One Last Thing Before Thanksgiving…or is it Christmas?


{this picture has nothing to do with the post, other than I’m thankful for adorable Woody pajamas!}

The kids are watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, I’ve got a list of food to cook and there are 5 boxes of Christmas decorations sitting in our dining room. How has Thanksgiving become the starting line for Christmas? Poor overlooked Thanksgiving.

We were going to get our tree today–my husband demands that the tree sit in the garage for 24 hours before we put it up. Supposedly the branches fall down to their right position and something else really important. I think it’s just torture to have a blank Christmas tree in the garage. (Oh, but we’re not getting it because he’s going to a concert tonight…Hmph.)

Anyway, I found the most awesome Christmas tree lot this year!  The mens’ small groups from a local church go to Boone, NC to collect trees then they all volunteer to sell the trees throughout the season and all the money goes to to local charities that help abused children and exploited girls. I’m so excited about it!

The reason I even looked it up is because a few years ago we bought our tree and all the money went to Young Life. I just hate the idea of spending $50 on a dead tree that is in your house for 3 weeks. Talk about a waste of money! But when the money goes to helping people? I love this!!

If you’re in Atlanta check out Northbrook UMC in Roswell for your Christmas tree! If you’re not local, try googling “christmas tree lot benefits charity” and your town. You never know what you might find!

OK. I’m off to make the Cheeseball from Heaven, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Spiced Maple Sauce (I think I’m just gonna dice the sweet potatoes and mix the sauce, then throw it all in a ziploc bag so I can dump it out and cook tomorrow!), Swedish Apple Pie and Sausage and Herb Stuffing (is this something I can put together today and cook tomorrow? I’ve never ever made stuffing before!).

Oh, and one more last thing? If you didn’t get to pack a box for Operation Christmas Child, you can Build A Box online and they’ll put it together and send it for you! How cool is that?!

OK. That’s all. For real. Enjoy your weekend with your family! I’m so thankful for you!


  1. How cool that you bought your tree from Young Life. Last night, my husband, the YL area director here in Sedona, AZ unloaded 200 chirstmas trees that we are going to sell to people like you. The money will help us to continue to share the love of Jesus with teenagers here in our community.

    • AWESOME. We moved 45 minutes away the lot was too far away, but I’m glad to know YL does this all over the place. Do you have a link so I can link to it on my blog/facebook?

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