How magnificent you are,
With your turkey, cream pies, and Charlie Brown specials.
Okay, that’s enough of that. As you can see, I am no poet.
Since these past few days have been filled with nostalgia and childhood recollections, I thought I’d take you through what Thanksgiving looks like in my family.
So, without further ado, welcome to Thanksgiving Past. And Present. And probably Future.
Thanksgiving at my house usually starts with a list. Someone or other realizes that Thanksgiving is coming and takes it upon themselves to organize who will bring what to our annual Turkey feast. I’m not a huge fan of most Thanksgiving foods, so I mostly focus on who’s bringing the pies, in the hopes that I can influence them in their decision. I am not a fan of desserts that contain fruit. Blech. I would make one myself, but I can’t bake, so…
When you have ten siblings, holidays are kind of chaotic. Heck, Sunday lunches were once chaotic. But, when those siblings start going off, getting married, and having kids of their own…oh, boy. Don’t get me wrong. I love my family. And, things just wouldn’t feel right if there wasn’t a bit of chaos. But, man, can it be exhausting.
But, it’s always funner having them around. That’s one of the things I love best about Thanksgiving. Everyone sitting around laughing, talking, and stuffing their faces with pie. These days, Thanksgiving is one of the few times a year that we manage to get everyone together.
These Thanksgiving gatherings usually involve a few key things, besides the food:
- Games: Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving if there aren’t a few rounds of cards, wahoo, and Apples to Apples.
- Charlie Brown Holiday Specials: Charlie Brown is practically a member of the family. Garfield is also a frequent visitor.
- Christmas movies: Yes, yes. Christmas isn’t until December, but there is just not enough time in one month to thoroughly enjoy Christmas movies. Especially if you’re my sisters and love those cheesy Hallmark movies that seem to be mass produced. I myself am not a fan. That’s one of the few things I dislike about this time of year. We just can’t seem to agree on the matter. Hallmark is tearing my family apart! (Sorry. I felt this post needed a bit of drama. No?)
- Singing: Growing up, we didn’t do a lot of singing for Thanksgiving. That was saved for Christmas. But, recently, my father discovered a Thanksgiving song that he just loves. So, for the past several years, he’s replaced the pre-meal prayer with his holiday themed jig. Plus, someone usually ends up pulling out a guitar and doing their own rendition of any and every song that comes to mind. And, by anyone, I mean my oldest brother.
- Decorating for Christmas: Once Thanksgiving is over, there’s nothing wrong with getting ready for Christmas, right? Good, cause that’s what we do every fourth Friday of November. *Cue, Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”*
Once Thanksgiving is over, there’s nothing left to do but cuddle up and nap. That actually sounds like a good idea. I think I’ll go do that now.
Unless you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. In that case, I wish you a Happy Thursday.