Do you have a favorite dish that has always been served on Thanksgiving? Was it passed down from one generation to another? Do you have the original, handwritten recipe?
What other memories and traditions are unique to your family, you? Will you be making new traditions this year? How will you record the events of this Thanksgiving? Have you carved out some me time for yourself? I hope so...
If you are the principal cook, here are some ideas for stealing me time and documenting as you attend to the tasks of the day:
- Take about 15 minutes today (or very early tomorrow (Thanksgiving ) morning, especially if you're going to be home) and pull out your art (or SMASH) journal. Prep a page spread or two, some tags and/or plain 3 x 5 index cards.
- During the day, as you're waiting for the timer to go off, use the tags or index cards to make notes about things that a) you remember and/or b) are happening. Keep them in your apron pocket ---psst: aprons are great tools for keeping your art tools close at hand...
- Or, using your favorite writing tool, put those thoughts directly on your art journal page.
- Periodically, give yourself a zen moment: grab a couple Zentangle cards and make a Zentangle too!
- Remember your phone camera and Instagram or Twitter - they are all quick and easy ways to document an idea, thought, happening.
- Encourage your guests to jot down on a tag or index card a sentence or two about their favorite Thanksgiving dish or memory. All ages can play, too...and you can use your phone camera to capture their photos to add to your journal spread later.
Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for following this blog.
* These ideas will work for other holidays, too! And a reminder: This Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday. Head on over to the Queen's Ink and see what's new and in store for the rest of 2012!