- That holy trifecta of turkey, stuffing, and gravy. I pity those families that try to go "different" do brisket or hams. Hello? There is no Thanksgiving Cow or Thanksgiving Pig. It's Tom for a good reason.
- My aunt J's weird cranberry, pecan, grape confection made with REAL whipped cream (like, with whipping cream and a hand mixer REAL whipped cream). This morning, I realized at the last minute that she wasn't coming today and almost cried because I could have made it myself.
- Average Jane's cranberry sauce recipe. OMIGOD, this thing is heaven and SO easy (literally, all you do is dump the ingredients in a pan and watch them simmer). I have to keep myself from eating half of it before the meal.
- The fact that my family rents a hall. When I was a kid, my grandma always hosted the holidays - she has 6 siblings so it was pretty crazy. Now that our family has grown exponentially, we can no longer all fit in one house. The solution is to rent a hall for Thanksgiving so that at least for one holiday, we are still all together.
- The fact that my family does some sort of "entertainment" activity. Last year, it was a talent show. This year was a White Elephant Bingo. Fun was had by all.
- Unlike Christmas, Thanksgiving is GIFTLESS. I love that we just get together, eat some good food and then head our separate ways. A holiday only about FOOD? I'm all over that.
- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Every year, I swear I am going to watch it all and every year I only catch a glimpse or two. But I still love it.
- The football games. I did not grow up in a Sports House. My dad LOATHES televised sports, so for me, I totally associate football games with holidays due to years of memories of watching all my great-uncles hightail it down to my grandma's family room to catch the games.
- The pies. I generally lean towards the fruit pies, but have gained an appreciation for pumpkin pie in my adulthood.
- Watching my kid have the TIME of his life. After a 30 minute warm-up period, he was going, going, G...O...N...E. He came to me once for a quick hug and a few bites, but then was quickly off again. I hardly saw him the entire time we were at the dinner.
November 23, 2006
Where's the turkey lovin'?
10 Things I Loved About This Thanksgiving
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A very happy Thanksgiving to you! Sounds absolutely lovely!
I'm glad you like the cranberry sauce recipe. I should have offered to bring it to dinner today. Instead, we had canned (which I declined to eat).
Glad you had a great dinner.
I wish we had Thanksgiving, after reading everybody's entries.
"holy trifecta"--your vocabulary is great. I'm going to look that one up--I have to admit my knowledge gap here.
Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)
Hold the praise. Hmmm, my vocab would be great if I knew what the hell I was talking about. Apparently, I misused the word "trifecta" and I am not even sure which word I MEANT. Gulp.
Pies. I so miss the pies....with some ice cream on top...sigh.
Hope you had a happy thanksgiving!
Maybe you meant the "holy trinity"?
I love the idea of having a planned entertainment at the get-together. So often our family T-givings featured people splintering off to watch football and leaving the rest of us to carry on with the cleanup. [disgusted frowny face]
I'm so bummed to learn you were out here! I would have loved to have bought you lunch and seen Arun again, WAH!
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