I have found that as the years pass the more simple a gathering is the more meaningful it is. You don't have to have a huge crowd or have every moment planned to make magic. Letting the kids be free to run, to play, to have an adventure is really all you need to make memories.
After walking through the park with our lanterns, don't worry they were battery powered candles, we went back to our friend's house and had warm apple cider and shortbread cookies. Moms got to talk and the kids got to play and enjoy each other in the glowing lights of a beautiful windy autumnal night.
This time of year is really one that speaks to my heart. I feel this year I am going to embrace the simplicity of the moment, enjoying the holidays with an open heart and a smaller to do list. Making meaningful memories in the magic of joy and togetherness.
Here is to a simple and magical holiday for all of us!