Our college student firstborn has asked us if he could invite six Russian foreign exchange students home for the Thanksgiving weekend to partake in the traditional Turkey Roast and our annual over-the-top Christmas Tree Decorating party the next day. We said "yes", of course, and he tells us the Russian kids are all thrilled to be able to see an American family doing the Thanksgiving and Christmas thing. I guess Christmas isn't the big deal in Russia that it is here in America. They tell him that only the devout Christians really observe much of a holiday. So this should be interesting for them.
And...of course, this means that I have little over a month to figure out where I'm going to sleep them all! Three boys and three girls! We'll be putting bunk beds and a single bed in our son's former bedroom for the girls, but I don't really have a room for the boys. Our guest bedroom downstairs is still just framed in studs. Will have to think this one through.
And I need to start my baking and freezing for the Christmas Tree Decorating Party now. I always have about 15-20 different candy and cookie recipes prepared. And I'd like to make each of the kids something special and have a little treat bag with some small gifts, trinkets and perhaps a Wal-Mart gift card or something.
I've always been kind of stingy about the holidays. Just wanted to spend it with our family, but we're all excited about having foreign guests. Little brother even volunteered his room for the boys dorm, if necessary! I think this is going to be lots of fun.
But so much to do! Painting, furniture shuffling, getting extra linens, baking, freezing, gift-making... Better hop to it!