I wanted to take a step back before we are fully immersed in the magical season of Christmas...because Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays and holds special meaning for my family...
The Thanksgiving holiday is always celebrated on the last Thursday in November...some years this day is also my parents' wedding anniversary and sometimes it falls on my birthday.
It is always a day, however, that our family members gather together to cook our traditional and favorite family recipes, enjoy each others comfortable and accepting company, eat way too much wonderful food and remember all that we are thankful for.
Our family is not perfect, but we love each other; we are not always all together, but we seek each other out to share dinner and time together...sometimes in two or three homes spread across the country.
We are truly blessed to have family members who support and encourage each other. We don't always understand one another, we sometimes disagree but we are there for one another when needed.
Remembering Thanksgivings past...those at my grandparents' farmhouse with my great aunts and uncle, cousins and siblings all gathered around the big table in the dining room...
...the few at my home where the table stretched from the dining room through to the living room with hardly any room to walk...
...to recent years at my sister Mary Beth's home...where her friends and church members with no family close by, join our family around their ping pong table turned dining room table...
It is a time when all generations come together in gratitude for the many blessings bestowed on us...we often go around the table, each naming something that we are particularly thankful for.
Thanksgiving is much less stressful than other holidays...no required gifts and everyone shares in the preparation...
...and even in the cleanup!
On this day, washing dishes is enjoyable...we aretogether.
Some of us take a long walk after dinner....some watch football...some take a nap!
We are grateful for each other, for our family, our blessings and for Thanksgiving joys... I hope that you are looking forward to a special day with your family this Thanksgiving!
P.S. Don't you think yellow and gray make a great color combination?! :)
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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