Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK?! What the? How did that happen?
To be quite honest I really never liked Thanksgiving. I always thought, “I’m already super thankful, so why do we need a whole day for it?” And, with a very all-or-nothing attitude, I also just never like November, either. I guess you could say I’m kind of a “Thanksgiving Scrooge”.
Isn’t that terrible? Really?! -to just cast off a whole month, like that. I think it comes from childhood Thanksgivings. I had happy ones, mind you. Very happy. But a little, shall we say chauvinistic. Women in the kitchen, men watch football. In fact when my mom married my dad & she joined in the family meals, the men ate FIRST. The women served them, and then the women ate the leftovers. Woa. I know…SO, lets see, what’s fun about getting up before the sun, starting the turkey, cooking all morning, sitting down at lunch to eat the meal, cleaning up the after ALL that, and then by the time its cleaned up-guess what? Time to eat again. Now we pull out the leftovers and make a sandwich with the turkey and dressing. The food is good–my grandmother’s cornbread stuffing is really the best–but seriously, is it worth it? Imagine me slinking off into the living room as a teenager to “watch” football. Get back in her girl! Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past is not really helping here.
As an adult I have made it my MISSION to make Thanksgiving different. To shake things up. We’ve had several Thanksgiving dinners out. We went to NYC for the parade-that was fun. (My mom’s first trip on the subway. Good times.)
All in all, I must say I have successfully shaken things up. The Ghost of Thanksgiving Past has reminded me of all these memorable & cherished moments we’ve had–traditional and not so traditional. But there comes a time to start new traditions. To come back home, to incorporate the old with the new. That time is now. (que the sound of the loud clock donging in the misty distance)
One new tradition I’m hoping to carry on is cooking with my girlfriends. Last year I had a BLAST cooking a bit the day before Thanksgiving. Rather than each of us slaving away alone in our respective kitchens we worked together. Which was a good thing because I shaved off the top of my finger with the potato peeler and couldn’t kneed the dough, or do much else. We split up the food at the end of the day, and I still got some of the heavenly Pumpkin Dinner rolls. (You have to try these–and you MUST eat one right out of the oven. This experience is life altering.) I definitely think cooking with my girlfriends should be a new tradition for sure. Just don’t give me the potato peeler. Or the knife.
Replacing those old routines with new ones. New traditions. New recipes. Same truly thankful feeling. Except now even more grateful–on Thanksgiving for I’m learning, at my own snail’s pace, the pleasures of a day of thanks. (plus my hubby cooks the turkey- so there’s that too!) Here are two of my favorite artists that celebrate the seasons so well-and are helping me to learn to do the same: Susan Branch & Sharyn Sowell.
What about you? What do you love about Thanksgiving? What are you not so crazy about? Got any new traditions? Any old ones you’ve done away with? I’d love to hear!
Want those recipes-the old one and the new one- I mentioned -click on the name to get a printable of each
I took these pics in the yard and down on the canal this week–my thankful heart does overflow. And the Ghost of Future Thanksgivings is hopefully at rest now that I’ve finally made peace with the holiday. God Bless us all, everyone.