In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday- we asked the MV Moms Bloggers to share their thoughts on Thanksgiving and how they plan to spend the holiday:
Our Thanksgiving celebration has continually changed over the thirty-one years that I’ve been married. We’ve spent Thanksgiving with in-laws, at my sister’s home with her family, with cousins, and also at home. I’ve recently told my adult kids to celebrate wherever they wish. I don’t want them feeling guilted into spending it with their immediate family. I remember the stress in my younger years of marriage of trying to please everyone on the holidays. I could not be everywhere at once.
Last year we had about twenty-five family and extended family members to our home for dinner. We set up a buffet table and ate from “fancy” paper plates. The previous year, most of my kids had gone with their spouses to their in-laws’ homes for dinner. That left us with only seven people around the Thanksgiving table, which I had set with fine china.
Whether it has been many or few, paper plates or china, I am always thankful for the people and family in my life. Thanksgiving is a special day to be thankful and enjoy the blessings I have been given by my Creator; to remember those who are no longer with me, and be thankful for their influence and guidance they have provided in my life. I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving celebration.
Growing up, I always loved watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade with my younger brothers while my parents got the house ready for a houseful. It was so nice spending the morning with my immediate family and then my large extended family in the afternoon and evening. Now that I am married with a family of my own, I have a greater appreciation for all the hard work that goes into entertaining a crowd. Thanksgiving evening my parents would have at least 50+ people over for a buffet and dessert. It seems mind boggling to me now, but it was what we grew up around!
Now that Zoe is two, I’m looking forward to watching the parade with her. It will be our last Thanksgiving as a family of three. Talk about blessings and a lot to be thankful for!
This year our family has had multiple health hurdles. During times of trial we have chosen to stay positive, finding strength in our faith and each other.
On a recent trip with my sisters to visit my ailing father we made french Meat pies (Tourtière) a holiday tradition that goes back multiple generations on my fathers side.
In my sisters kitchen, thousands of miles from home, the preparation and memorized steps brought us together. This year Dad is unable to assist us with his beloved tradition it was my honor to make it on his behalf. This task of unity while cooking reminded me of this blessing that has adorned place cards at our thanksgiving table ~the author is unknown.
We Give Thanks
To our families,
We give thanks for the pleasure of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for our meal prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life, the freedom to enjoy it all.
We give thanks for all that we have seen, and what we have yet to learn.
We give thanks for the wisdom of our elders, and the spirit of youth.
We pray for health and strength, may we always be surrounded by our families love.
Happy Thanksgiving 2015!