We had all the kids for Thanksgiving, and my parents. They’re moving into town today, and have refused our help. They probably don’t feel that they’ve reached the point where they need help, but I’m glad they’ll be closer to us.

We were playing with our new video camera, and completely overlooked the taking of still pictures. We do have a nice movie of everyone playing Carcassonne, a strategy game. We also played Scrabble and Catchphrase, but Carcassonne was probably the hit of the evening.

Today’s song is “We’ll Dress the House,” a 20th century hymn by Alfred Burt. It’s the perfect accompaniment to putting up your Christmas tree, cleaning up after Thanksgiving feasts, or any other holiday preparations you may have in hand.

We’ll dress the house with holly bright and sprigs of mistletoe
We’ll trim the Christmas tree tonight and set the lights aglow
We’ll wrap our gifts with ribbons gay and give them out on Christmas Day
By everything we do and say, our gladness we will show

We’ll dress the table daintily, our finest treasures use
That all a-sparkle it may be and bright with lovely hews
Then for the feasting we’ll prepare a kitchen full of wondrous fare
That each from all the dishes rare, his fav’rite one may choose

And ye who would the Christ child greet, your heart also adorn
That it may be a dwelling meet for Him who now is born
Let all unlovely things give place to souls bedecked with heavenly grace,
That ye may view His holy face with joy on Christmas morn

We’ll dress the house with holly bright and sprigs of mistletoe
We’ll trim the Christmas tree tonight and set the lights aglow
We’ll wrap our gifts with ribbons gay and give them out on Christmas Day
By everything we do and say, our gladness we will show

There’s nothing to stop you singing it happily as you stride around the shopping center, either, if that’s how you like to spend the day after Thanksgiving.