I love to hear about the different traditions people have for spending the different holidays and just thought I would share how I spend mine. My Thanksgiving Day has changed a little since I got married, but not too much because my husband’s side of the family lives so close to where I had always spent Thanksgiving. This year, we will head over to my Nanny’s where we will meet up with my parents, my brother and sister-in-law, my sister and brother-in-law, two of my nieces, my nephew and my Uncle to have breakfast and then visit while the finishing touches are put on the meal. Sometime between 11:00 a.m. and Noon, we will probably eat. The Thanksgiving dinner will be Turkey, maybe Ham, too, Homemade dressing, either pea salad or potato salad, cranberry sauce, fruit salad, macaroni or broccoli cheese casserole, deviled eggs, rolls,green beans, chicken livers with gravy, sweet potato casserole, and various deserts such as pies and if we’re lucky, my Nanny’s English Delight or my Uncle’s Cherry Cheesecake. I consider our meal a pretty traditional Thanksgiving meal but I know a lot of people have different variations on it. Sometime after lunch, me and my husband will head over to his mom and step dad’s to meet up with his grandma(who has her birthday on Thanksgiving this year) and his sister, brother and two little nieces. Their meal takes place around 1 or after usually so we basically go from one meal to the next, therefore, it’s always hard for me to decide how much room to leave in my stomach! I still am not quite sure how I will do it this year, but I think I am going to try to eat a little bit at my Nanny’s and then I can eat a little bit at my in laws. They usually have turkey and ham, too, but their sides are a little different. It’s interesting how things taste differently because they cook them in different ways but they both taste really good. After eating AGAIN with them, we’ll visit and spend time with them for a while, which is usually when my husband decides it’s time to go. I tend to feel bad about not staying long enough cause I want to spend time with both families but I know my husband will want to watch the ball game at my Nanny’s with all the guys. So, we will say our goodbyes and head BACK to my Nanny’s, where things have calmed down, the food has been put away, dishes have been almost all washed and the table is empty. The men and my Nanny will be in the living room watching the football game. My Nanny loves football. I, on the other hand, don’t. My mom and sister will either be working on something in the kitchen or sitting at the now empty kitchen table chatting OR rather avoiding the ball game! I will usually sit down with them and chat for a bit. If the store ads are on the table, I will browse the ads with them and see what the Black Friday specials are. They tend to go to it every year, last year was the first year in a long time that I didn’t go. The rest of the day will be visiting with my family, possibly playing board games and definitely trying to stay awake because all the food makes you very sleepy. For supper, we always have left overs and we basically serve ourselves. The food is put on the cabinets from the fridge, you take a paper plate, get what you want and microwave. At this time, I can eat more of whatever I didn’t partake of earlier so I would have room for my second lunch. Some people will choose to make turkey or ham sandwiches. We will usually eat in turns where some are eating while others are still watching television and so on. Then more visiting, but not too much because everybody is usually exhausted by this point and the ones wanting to do Black Friday try to get some sleep early. This year, some sales start at midnight, so who knows when people will actually sleep? Sometime after dinner, we’ll say our goodbyes yet again and head off to our apartment so we can get some sleep ourselves and be ready for the next day. Even if I don’t do Black Friday shopping, the women tend to meet up for lunch somewhere to eat out and then we all end up back at my Nanny’s in the afternoon where it’s leftovers again and trying to rest from the holidays.
I’m already tired just thinking about it. I saw on the news the other day that the price of turkey and other Thanksgiving staples has risen. This made me wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just eat something else for the day? I know it would probably be weird for those used to eating turkey every year, but it seems like it would be cheaper and then you could have the turkey dinner after they lower the prices back. I’m not a huge turkey eater myself so it wouldn’t bother me too much. In fact, when I was younger, I had a nightmare that I was forced to eat turkey and woke up crying and screaming, “No turkey!”
I have heard that different cultures eat other things on Thanksgiving anyways. Enchiladas, anyone? I love Mexican food! Or what about some yummy pasta? YAY! Anyways, I would love to hear how YOU spend your Thanksgiving and if you stick to the traditional Turkey meal or you do a different spin on things. If you eat something super duper yummy, then be warned….I may have to take a flight to YOUR house for the holidays! 🙂
Giving Thanks Day 19: Today, I give thanks for the privilege I have in having not only ONE place to go during the holidays for a nice, warm meal, but TWO places to go. Not everyone is so lucky and there are those who will be home alone on this day or have to eat turkey from a homeless shelter. If YOU have a place to go for the holidays, take the time to truly be thankful for that and appreciate it!