Creating a Plan B during the Holidays
For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays! I hope you had a wonderful meal surrounded by family and loved ones. If you are a Facebook friend, I know you had a great time because I saw your festive photos and I liked them all.
When I was younger, I remember large family meals with even larger portions of food. Because of various XYZ reasons, holidays are now usually just me and my mom, at a restaurant. We have an enjoyable time but it’s certainly not the Norman Rockwell painting version of my childhood memories or what our society’s advertisements say I should be doing during the holidays. However, at least I don’t have to deal with dishes.
Because my family in Ohio won’t be able to come over to my home and see my holiday decorations, I came up with a Plan B. For the past few years, I have been a volunteer holiday decorator at the Pittock Mansion. Along with a few great friends, I pour all my crafting creativity into decorating a room that will be enjoyed by hundreds over the holiday season. In 2015 we decorated their sewing room with the Nutcracker theme.
Every year I attempt an ambitious crafting project with no blueprint and this year I set the bar at 7 feet, as in a 7 foot Nutcracker. With a friend’s help, I created this nutcracker with the hope that families, couples, and individuals will come to the mansion and possibly leave with a photo taken with him. It’s my way of sharing the holidays from my table of two to the entire Portland Metropolitan area.
Bucking traditional holiday trends or creating one’s own customs have always fascinated me when I read about them in stories or when shared to me by my friends. What is something special you do for Holidays?