|Elmo and the Count ready to go|
Halloween does have significance though. Tomorrow ushers in my favorite time of year. With Halloween behind me I can focus on the holidays that matters the most to me- Thanksgiving and then Christmas. To me, these two holidays have a festive air that I wish I could experience all year long. I have looked forward to these holidays since I was a child and like fine wine, they only improve with age. Glenn and I met during the holiday season. Two years ago we were blessed with the early arrival of Sidney on Thanksgiving Day. I took his birth on my favorite holiday- plus the fact he was born after I had finished baking the Thanksgiving pies- as a sign that he too will love this holiday season.
I love the food, friends, and family that go along with this time of year. Ok, more than this I might like the organization that goes along with these events. The holidays are a great time for us Type A's to have our skills shine. Starting tomorrow I can begin obsessing about my menus, guest lists, and seating charts for the multiple holiday dinners we will host. Yes I know I will serve turkey but what will I do for sides? Will I be able to find sweet potatoes and pecans or will I have to find Albanian substitutes? Will my place cards be miniature turkeys, pumpkins, or both? How will I get the timing right to get a dinner for 26 on the table at precisely at 1600? These are the details I wait all year to ponder and for the next 24 days I can work and rework the countless possibilities for executing the perfect day. After that I will have another 31 days to determine my strategy for Christmas. Yes, I am a bit obsessed but isn't admitting you have a problem the first step?
Before I begin any of this, however, the Halloween costumes and my lone decoration- a glitter covered jack o'lantern- must be packed away.