This post is coming to you approximately 12 hours later than it normally would. I'm guessing that you're operating at the same light-speed of get-it-done-before-family-arrives (or in my case, before we pack up baby, salad, pumpkin roll, mulled cider and hit the road), so thank you for your understanding.
I won't take much of your precious time and don't have much to say that you don't already know... but my toddler's pre-bedtime emptying of our box of polaroids proved to be quite the lovely reminder to slow down and really enjoy each other. She grabbed a handful of images and walked backwards until her ankles hit my legs letting her know she'd find my lap when she sat down, then proceeded to point at every subject asking "whozis?" Many times she'd answer quickly herself "Momma," "Daddy," "baaaaby!" and other times we'd both sit and study the faded black and white faces of her beautiful namesakes : my Grandma, Ruth, and Ben's Grandma, Frances.
When I asked her to take a photo of herself to her dad sitting across the room (and to my surprise, she did!), Ben and I found ourselves amazed that only months ago she was a tiny little helpless babe. How did that happen?! These days, we are constantly trying to capture moments that we often miss out on the actual circumstance... I am guilty of the pursuit to rack up "experiences" and move quickly from one thing to the next that I forget to actually relish in the present situation. And so this is a challenge to me as much as it is to you : to love on every individual you encounter, to appreciate some aspect of every silly tradition and to savor every.last.bite. this holiday. When we are fully present we are aware of the beauty around us and thus in a posture give thanks. So go slowly this holiday and perhaps it will truly be one you cherish for years to come.