Thanksgiving is almost here! I’m often guilty of thinking of Thanksgiving as the doorway to the Christmas season, but I love so many things about this underrated holiday.
The day before Thanksgiving is a day in the kitchen with my children making pies and desserts. As my children get older, they become more helpful in the kitchen. It’s a time that we work together as we talk in anticipation of the following day’s feast and festivities.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving doesn’t feel complete without watching the Macy’s Day Parade, even if my kids like to record it on the DVR and start watching it a little later in the morning so they can fast forward through the commercials and the “weird” musical numbers.
We see our local family regularly throughout the year, yet there’s something extra special about seeing them on holidays. Thanksgiving doesn’t feel as special without our family. We’ve had a few times when it was just our immediate family at Thanksgiving. It felt like just another dinner.
This is one of the few times a year I serve appetizers. The other times are Thanksgiving and New Years. (No wonder we gain a few pounds over the holidays!) Our staples are a veggie tray, fruit and a yogurt dip, and deviled eggs.
We can’t forget the main event – the turkey, the stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and our family’s favorite, the rolls! I have gotten better at enjoying my favorites in smaller portions. OK, that’s mostly so I don’t run out of room for pie!
I know this isn’t part of everyone’s Thanksgiving tradition, but for us it’s one of the best parts of living in Arizona. There aren’t too many other places where the weather that allows us to spend the evening in a rough and tumble game of street hockey. We pull out the construction lights (in our house they’re called the hockey lights) and we play off our dinner.
My Thanksgiving starts and ends with pie. What does that say about me? I make a traditional pumpkin pie; but I don’t eat it. (Why would you ruin a perfectly good desert with a vegetable?) I stick to my favorite Chocolate Mouse Praline Pecan Pie with a side of Apple Crisp.
Wait, Thanksgiving doesn’t end with pie! Maybe I’m not all about the desserts after all. Thanksgiving officially ends with the first Christmas movie of the season, Elf. Why Elf, you ask. What other Christmas movie has so many of our favorite quotes? (Don’t answer that, we quote a lot of movies.) “Buddy the elf. What’s your favorite color?” And we learn about the four food groups – candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.
With this line up of food and activities, it’s easy to see why our family is so excited for Thanksgiving to grace our calendars! So what does Thanksgiving mean to you?