Spreading not Dreading Thanksgiving { Season of Simplicity } #2

Don't have Thanksgiving at all...at least not the traditional way!

I truly believe we are programmed to believe that
Thanksgiving has to "look" or "be" this way
That if it doesn't - there is something wrong with us..their right. we're wrong
we are missing out - they have it all
The blinking tower going beep.beep.beeps messages aimed to make us spend money we don't always have
If we don't do it this way we just aren't in the spirit
Every magazine, ad, commercials, tv, radio and yes even our beloved blogland inundates us with this frenzy - we are surrounded

Our  family is going to test that lie this season.

Here's the scenario

I posted Season of Simplicity #1 here.  With our financial situation coupled with some other  things I decided I was going to keep it as simple as I could.  Sounds good doesn't it?

What did I then turn around and do?

I sent out the evite for all of the family to come to my house!...whew...how fun...I can make homemade decorations have more "simpler" food..whole food not lots of casseroles with 10 fattening ingredients etc.!

I then got up from my chair and I had company...You know who it was?  DREAD...I felt it silently squeezing my heart...it beat faster...fervently I started my mental checklist of what had to be done in two and a half weeks.    My house is a wreck ... in every room.  I have 2 rooms in the middle of repaint projects
Slowly... I began to think I just made a big mistake.
~SO~ to make a long story SHORT
Here's what we are doing INSTEAD
We are looking for somewhere we can all go and work..help out..give back
we are going to a restaurant...yes you heard right.  A restaurant.  A place I don't have to clean, decorate, plan menus...SIMPLICITY
we are going to my little sisters home that they just closed on yesterday { happy dance for her } and CHILLAX For our family it will be snacks, playing Wii, watching football, laughing like crazy and I guess;) we will help Amber and Robby unpack.
It is that SIMPLE
Do we { meaning my family } have to have the American Thanksgiving to have a holiday??  We shall see.
I can relax into the approaching Thanksgiving Day knowing that THIS year I can choose SIMPLICITY.  I will not be spreading dread - I will be spreading joy, peace, love, thankfulness, contentment.....
HHHuummm - Isn't joy, peace, love, thankfulness and contentment gifts of the Spirit that we talked about in Season of Simplicity #1
P.S. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself some of those gifts too:) 
It makes me spread joy instead of panic to my family....;)
When I get out with people and give back or help out it really does change the way I am viewing things.  Really.  The world is FULL of brokenness -  we need each other. We need to give.help.praise and encourage
so that we can
receive..it works both ways. give and take. 
Here are a few links that I found helpful and or encouraging!  One of my favs is Simple Mom
{  she says living simply looks different for everyone and I agree }


On Thankgiving day you can kickoff watching Christmas movies...we always do. its free!

Can't wait to see how this post ends!