Making Memories at Thanksgiving

11.22.12

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Thanksgivings are all about family and relationships in our household. We’ll usually get together with our extended family including our siblings and aunts and uncles that live nearby. Of course Grandma is with us now too since Grandpa passed away. Frequently we’ve also had others in our home on Thanksgiving that might be away from their families. It’s important for people to have family time (even if it’s not their own family) and not be alone on Thanksgiving. During the day, there will be between 25- 45 people in the house. Some of them will stay for dinner and some will just drop in and visit for a while. We’ve always got the cameras out snapping pictures so we have all those memories of Thanksgivings gone by and the people that helped us celebrate them.

Our Thanksgiving meal is usually ready at about 1 p.m. in the early afternoon. We have lots of family favorites including our famous yeast rolls, egg noodles and of course pumpkin pie! Pumpkin pie is the ultimate favorite holiday dessert in our house during this time of year. We go a little crazy over pumpkin pie during the holidays and then we burn ourselves out. We’ll have it for Thanksgiving and Christmas and then we can’t have anymore of it for another year because we’ve had so much! It’s Jim Bob’s absolute favorite.

I start the turkey the night before, so that smells wonderful when the family wakes up in the morning. Everyone gets excited when they smell the turkey and rolls cooking in the oven. Those are the memories I have from my childhood. Memories of waking up in the morning when it’s cold outside and you’re snuggled up in bed. The first thing you smell is this wonderful turkey cooking in the oven. You jump out of bed and run down the hallway to a kitchen full of pumpkin pies that Mom had been busy cooking. It’s those memories that stand out and that I hope my kids are going to remember as they grow.

One of the things that we always do before we get around the table is to gather together in the living room to give thanks for that year, for the past and all of the things that we have to be thankful for. Each person gets a turn. We usually start with the youngest because it’s easier for them to go first. By the time it gets around to the older ones, it gets a little harder because we each try to say something different. By going around and expressing gratefulness we get a chance to share and remember all of the important parts of our lives. It could be the birth of a new baby in our family or the fact that Josie made it through and is doing so well. We’ll say thanks for our meal and enjoy the food and company together. The important memories at Thanksgiving are of being together and having a time of gratefulness.

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