What are your Thanksgiving traditions?
When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was hosted at our house. We had the traditional Thanksgiving foods — turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, some sort of sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, pumpkin pie. We added in a Jello salad, skillet chocolate pie, and fruit tea. And deviled eggs — which I always seem to forget to list. Maybe because it was typical for about half of them to not make it to the table.
Over the past few years, each Thanksgiving has been different for my family. We’ve spent it with my husband’s family, hosted at our house with a few out-of-town relatives, spent it at my sisters’ home with our family and her in-laws. This year we are spending it with my family… and at a restaurant. Not at all my first choice. I’d rather cook for everyone (and, to be fair, I’m sure we’ll be doing some of that over the rest of the weekend). It isn’t the same… but I suppose what is the same is that we are with family. We are still thankful for making it through another year.
So, this Thanksgiving, I’ll be missing my mom’s cornbread dressing. But I’ll be grateful for what is the same about the day — being able to be surrounded by family, watching the Macy’s parade, perusing the sale ads. And definitely the chocolate pie. I’ll be grateful for making it through another year… for the people in my life who continue to show me how to be more grateful… for the friends far and near who help me make it through the days… and for the little blessings that are so easy to overlook.
What are you thankful for today?