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It’s the first Thursday in November which means it’s the start of my #turkeythursdays series! Premature to think about my Thanksgiving Day plans? I think not. It’s never too early to explore what to do, eat and see.
Today is the 3rd which means that there are only 21 days until Thanksgiving.
Are you ready?
I know most people have heard of Thanksgiving, but for my international readers here goes a Wikipedia explanation of the holiday:
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
I guess I always knew that Thanksgiving had it’s roots on religious ground since we say a prayer every year at dinner.
Small fact about my family…my father always prays for the military men and and women who are away from their families at the holidays. When we say a prayer at our table I secretly add that sentiment to my prayer.
As opposed to the more obvious holidays like Easter (see 3 Things Your Easter Weekend Traditions Say About You) or Christmas I really I don’t see it as religious, but more of a time to give thanks for what we have and to spend time with people we love.
That being said…
What are your Thanksgiving Plans?
Before we had kids our plans used to be set in stone. My husband’s family is huge and they trump my family at the holidays. Since my parents live out of state we usually ended up at my grandmother-in-law’s house at the beach. Boogie’s brith, the same week of Thanksgiving, has changed our plans in the last few years.
Last year my family was in Hawaii visiting my parents. We did Thanksgiving at a hotel buffet. It sounds like a strange tradition. It’s perfect for huge groups or smaller groups because, really, it’s overboard to do an entire turkey dinner for just two people. Instead they meet up with friends to eat together. They also get to enjoy a little taste of Hawaii in the buffet style dinner. My mom does tend to make a turkey, but instead of getting a huge bird they get something tiny and make sandwiches and turkey soup for the week after Thanksgiving.
This year we are going to stay home due to the fact that my mother is coming over from Hawaii the weekend after Thanksgiving. She’s flying over to take my grandmother to Hawaii for a few weeks since the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor is this year and my dad heard that there is going to be more of a “celebration” this year due to it being a milestone year.
Her visit is good excuse for us to stay home. If we went out of town we’d miss her visit. It’s been a year since I’ve seen her! Plus, after traveling last year I’m ready to stay home.
Left with no packing to do or travel plans to stress out over, I have time think about the food. What else do you worry about at thanksgiving? After travel comes the food.
What are your favorite recipes?
Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving food? My in-laws’ roots are in the south. What difference does this make? Every once in a while we get a southern dish thrown into the mix. Cornbread stuffing is something I think you have to grow up on and I didn’t. My side of the family grew up using the Betty Crocker cookbook. We tend to make more of the popular recipes that you kind on the back of the turkey or pumpkin puree can.
Knowing that we will have a lot to cook this year, I’ve already started making a short list of items I’m going to prepare or help prepare:
- turkey for at least 5 people (not sure if my mother in law will be with us, but just in case)
- Best Damn Green Bean Casserole
- mashed potatoes
- cranberry sauce
- pumpkin pie
- birthday cake for Boogie
I know Thanksgiving Day we will watch football and eat good food. That’s a given. I’m sure the other days of the week will need to be filled up or the kids might go crazy.
What Thanksgiving traditions do you have?
With food plans already in the works I am left with time to wonder what other activities we will be doing. I’m going to try to get up and see my grandmother. I’m sure hubby will want to take the kids motorcycle riding. What ever else happens I’m sure there will be other shenanigans we get up to!
Whatever you do, keep a look out for more #turkeythursdays posts leading up to the holiday!