This afternoon we will be praying, giving thanks, and eating with our family and friends. Everyone brings a dish to share. My contribution is green bean casserole and perhaps a dessert.
It is a great meal, often with a game on the television, chess will be played, and perhaps a card game or two. And, the kids will play. The house will be very noisy but we will have lots of fun.
We are so thankful to have this fun, wild and crazy bunch to celebrate with. Several generations of family and friends will gather together.
This year my mother discovered we are descendants of a family who arrived in America on the Mayflower. Knowing there is a tie to early Thanksgiving celebrations makes this one even more special to me.
Here are a few things on this Thanksgiving that I am thankful for:
- A picture of this turkey that my son drew with items he is thankful for
- Breakfast in our pjs and a lazy morning
- Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (mainly show numbers now but still fun)
- Helping in the kitchen
- A toast and prayers for what we are thankful for
- My mom’s turkey and dressing
- My sister’s sweet potatoes, which I am allergic to but will have to try
- Tasty treats from my aunt and cousin
- Mashed potatoes – one of my faves
- Green bean casserole with onions on top and all of the other sides
- Cranberry sauce with a roll
- Pumpkin pie and pecan pie with whipped cream
- Giggles from cousins
- Seeing my son talk to my grandmother (who is 92 years old)
- A dog who will be begging for scraps and probably be told no
- Photos of friends and family young and old
- A chess game or two or three
- Cheering and yelling at the television during the games
- Leftover turkey sandwiches
- A variety of crafts and electronic devices being used after eating the meal
- A long afternoon of conversation
- A turkey-induced nap
- Leftover turkey sandwiches
- Watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with Ian
Here are a few quotes that I found for Thanksgiving:
- “You can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” — Albert Barnes
- “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” — W. J. Cameron
- “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” — Robert Caspar Lintner
- “For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
I wonder if on this Thanksgiving, we can truly be thankful for the people in our lives who mean so much, what we have and do, and enjoy and appreciate those who we are with. I am planning to do just that.