But my friend Lisa had just taught a Thanksgiving song to our four enthusiastic preschoolers and toddler, and I couldn't resist the great segue.
And a mother is obliged to help her little turkeys spread their wings.
And I had a lot of toilet paper rolls ready for recycling.
The kids were all giggles and excitement. The baby loaded wiggly eyes in her mouth. The preschoolers grappled for the too-few scissors.
Clasping my hands, I tried to look more delighted than desperate. "Next, we're going to trace each others hands!" My knuckles were white. Might they jab each other with the giant pencils?
The big brothers traced their sisters' dimpled little hands. The little sisters traced their brothers'. They cut some paper and smeared some glue before skedaddling off to dump boxes and rummage through book shelves and wrestle.
I wanted to quit more than once, but Lisa powered through. So I did, too.
Let me introduce you to our turkey:
Yes, that's a turkey.
I got the idea on Pinterest. It was supposed to look different.
Pinterest: the place where moms everywhere "pin" their delusions of grandeur.
According to the many photos on Pinterest, our art should look more like a bird and less like some modern statement of the cock-eyed insanity that is the holiday season.
But that's why I love it.
The messy parts make life memorable and unique. Striving for perfect Pinterest holidays or prime-time tv ideal ultimately leads to disappointment. Reality can not live up to the fantasy.
During holiday season 2013, I plan to embrace the cock-eyed individuality of the moment. This year, I hope to find beauty and happiness and thankfulness in the authentic.
How about you? Have you ever had a fantasy holiday/event/moment turned upside down...and been happier for it? Tell me about it.
If you'd like to focus on stress-busting this holiday season, check out Dr. Lisa Marotta's series on her blog here.