Today I’m wrapping up Thanksgiving, sad as that is to have to say. We sure had a nice one.
The day started with our Thanksgiving breakfast tradition of Abigail’s sausage balls, Madeline’s acorn doughnuts, and all of us watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is that my girls now take care of Thanksgiving breakfast! They’ve been doing so for the last few years, and it is such a treat for all of us, and helps me out a lot since I’m usually finishing some cooking for the lunch.
Before leaving I had the kids pose for a quick photo.
We are immensely blessed to have both sides of our family living close by, allowing us to visit everyone. We alternate which side of the family we eat the meal with, and then go visit the other side in the late afteroon and evening. This year, we ate at my parents’ home for lunch and then later visited at Joel’s parents’ home.
My mom prepares the turkey and her legendary dressing, and everyone else brings their signature dishes and desserts.
We couldn’t even squeeze the salads on the buffet table. They had to go on the kitchen counter.
The dessert table! (We actually cut back on the variety this year!)
My mom sets the loveliest tables!
Remarkably, even with over thirty of us eating, she still uses china, silver, and crystal! The only compromise she has made in recent years, has been paper goods for the littlest children and, sometimes, paper napkins for everyone.
My parents also somehow manage to have a seat at a table for everyone.
There is the large dining room table, and then many smaller ones set up throughout their living room and study.
There is a history behind every table cloth and vase at each table.
Everyone is given a place of honor!
The littlest kids get a fun table in the den with the cutest Indian figurines, giving them something to entertain themselves with while they wait.
Unfortunately, I did not do a good job of getting pictures of family this year. But I did manage to catch one of this table of sweetie pies! There are sixteen cousins in all on my side, most of them now teens and young adults.
And here is my toothless turkey! I have to include this photo because this is the last pic I took before that top tooth really busted through and, already this week, his face looks different!
That afternoon we headed over to visit at my in-laws’ house. Joel’s parents, his sister and her family were still there, and we had the BEST time talking and laughing and enjoying each other. I’ll do better at Christmas of getting more photos of our people.
Well friends, this post makes me both happy and sad. Happy because it’s full of wonderful memories. Sad because I always hate to see Thanksgiving pass. Part of it is because it seems to mark the end of autumn. Even though our leaves are now at their peak color, and the calendar says we have a few more weeks until the first day of winter, the stores, internet, and movie channels all claim Christmas is here. I guess I’ll just have to go with it. So bring on Christmas!