Monday, November 19, 2012


When we were first married we never had Thanksgiving at our house. We would travel to my parents home or my in-laws. We would alternate when we could, family's were in different states, it was always a bit of a challenge

As the years went by we were not able to travel as frequently to see family during Thanksgiving, husbands work schedule often did not allow the time we needed to travel and as a nurse I would generally have to work every other Thanksgiving. The visits to family for Thanksgiving became more infrequent and we began to establish our own traditions.

I enjoy Thanksgiving the most when we can share it with others. There had been years that it was just the four of us at home, and other years when friends would invite us to spend it with their family. For me it's never about the location of the meal, but the people you share it with.

The last several years we have had Thanksgiving at our home and as family changes and grows the guest list has changed. This year we will celebrate it with friends, young son who will be traveling from school, Sweet Lady who will help in the preparation. Older son and his family will come for dessert.

Husband will do the turkey and oyster dressing...dressing recipe is something that came from my  family. I will do the cranberry salad...a recipe that came from his family. Young son will be making his pumpkin pie with ginger snap crust...super yum and my friend will be making her pumpkin bread and roasted vegetable mash. Its a collaboration traditions new and old...and I just love it.

Thanksgiving is not just about the food, or the people you share it with though, it's a time for giving thanks, for counting our blessings, for giving thanks to God for his care.

Did I mention Thanksgiving was my very favorite holiday...Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving


Debbie said...

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday too. Yours sounds wonderful. Enjoy every minute of it. BLESSINGS AND HUGS!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I love Thanksgiving. I wouldn't care one bit if we skipped the traditional Thanksgiving fare ... as long as I could spend the day with the people I love. ;-) Although I would like, just one year, to have oyster dressing. But since I'm the only one who likes it, it isn't worth making a batch just for me. :-(

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

What a wonderful way to describe Thanksgiving..this will be my second year to have fewer of my children around the table...they are growing their own wings, and I am still getting use to the fact they have flown off into their own world.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Marla and Steve said...

Beautiful words. We will have all our kids together at daughter's home this year and there is sooo sooo much to be thankful for. Wish us peace on the 8 hour drive. 5 adults and two granddogs.

Sandy said...

I agree, Maryann. It's who you are with, not where you are, that makes this holiday so wonderful. I hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving.