Thanksgiving: A Day To Share

The Most Wonderful Time

thanksgivingI love Thanksgiving Day! It is my favorite holiday of the year and marks the beginning of more holidays to come. For me, Thanksgiving is a family tradition and since traditions are the basics of our culture that make us feel connected to our heritage, I always try to make it a point to never miss celebrating any. So far I have not. During my college days and as a bachelor I never celebrated Thanksgiving Day alone. Although I could not afford the turkey that marks the celebration, I always enjoyed having lots of my friends over, we baked and cooked together and eat whatever mess we prepared. And, YES, we enjoyed it.

Fast forward twenty-something years later and while I still celebrate thanksgiving, every other aspect has changed. I am married, have kids and my priorities have changed. Now we celebrate Thanksgiving to the fullest and try to have as much fun as possible with my extended family members who are sure to turn up for thanksgiving dinner every year.

Thanksgiving With The Women

This year is going to be different. WHY? My wife has decided to host her women’s group from the office and as such everything has to be perfect for them. We have planned for a week now and while we love having friends over,  the kids and I feel somewhat cheated as we possibly will have to listen to  the women gossip over thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving turkey
Dinner…well

Aside from that, we are planning on watching the Thanksgiving Day parade; take part in the turkey trot organized by our church, go catch a movie the kids have clamored to see. The kids are grown so we do not do the pumpkin hunt anymore; instead we sit on the porch and play a couple of board games.

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Since we are doing this – having the women’s group over, we might as well make it memorable. For the food, I have gone the extra mile and bought the largest turkey I could find although it is going to be delivered on Wednesday to avoid an untimely death at the hands of my kids. We are aiming for a truly amazing meal of roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, roast potatoes and vegetables, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and all the works. Mrs. Watson, one of the women coming over, has promised me some chocolate chip pecan pie and I hope she brings a lot. My wife decides what goes after the meal and knowing her and her friends quite well it is definitely going to be a hilarious dinner with Mrs. Bodnick at the table.

thanksgivingGratitude List

However the dinner turns out it is definitely going to be a fantastic celebration for me and my family. And yes, I am definitely going to have some beers with my buddies late into the night. The women have taken over dinner sp I might as well hit some bottles with the men.

To cap the day, we will have a sit-down and exchange our lists. This is a tradition of ours that is basically a list of things we are thankful for and expressions of our heartfelt gratitude to one another.

Your plans I am sure are different from mine. What matters most, however, is the love we share with others, those special offerings and support we give to charities and those things we are most grateful for on Thanksgiving Day – and in fact every day of the year.

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Robert Turner

Robert Turner is a regular Contributor – although he has been on a hiatus recently. He lives in Georgia, U.S.. He is an educator, freelance writer and enjoys a healthy debate as much as the next guy. Robert writes short stories or inspirational books in his spare time. He brings a male perspective to our conversations through his posts such as “Top 2 Reasons Why Men Fear Becoming Dads” and  “3 Body Enhancers To Catch His Eyes Or Not?”

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37 thoughts on “Thanksgiving: A Day To Share

  1. I always like writing down what I’m thankful for. It’s a great way to see it and remember what makes my life so great.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, that is the best way that I have found as well to remind myself of all my blessings. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

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  4. I love that idea of a gratitude list. We generally go around and say at least one thing we’re thankful for, but a list makes sense. We also cap the night with some board games. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 🙂

  5. This is gonna be fun, I like your smart ideas.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and we hope you enjoy the day! 🙂

  6. katrina g

    We always like to say what we are thankful of a the table.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awesome! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  7. We all love Thanks Giving, greatest holiday ever sharing and believing is the spirit of each and everyone of us have. Lets light up our spirit and enjoy being with each other. 🙂

  8. Eileen xo

    Sounds like a wonderful time. We spend the morning in New York City, then head to relatives. A wonderful day always

  9. I like the gratitude lists that everyone shares at the end of the day. Also, the GIANT turkey sounds great!

  10. dltolley

    Family. Family. Family. Our biggest problem is how to shoehorn all 30 of us into the same room. A nice problem to have, I admit! 🙂

  11. Thanksgiving is always a good time to be reminded of our blessings. Hope you have a wonderful celebration.

  12. This is a great time to remind ourselves of all of our blessings.

  13. I like the idea of gratitude list, thank you for sharing us your idea.

  14. victoria

    I really love the idea of changing gratitude list. Thanks giving season was the favorite part of my hubby.

  15. michelle

    My grandpa and I are going to Disneyland and I plan on watching the Macys Thankisgiving day parade

  16. I really like the idea of exchanging gratitude lists – I think I might try that this year with my kiddos.

  17. Elizabeth O.

    What a wonderful tradition. It might not be the same since you guys are having a different set of guests but it’s still Thanksgiving and the celebration is pretty much there. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Angie@chasingmyhalo

    Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you will have a full day filled with lots of high pitched chatter :-). You’re a good husband!

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! I found that very funny, hope Robert does as well! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 🙂

  19. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    We always like making a gratitude list during our Thanksgiving celebration. This is my absolute favorite time of the year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You and Robert both share a special love for Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy! 🙂

  20. We are spending time with my husband’s family. I always look forward to the Yorkshire pudding my in laws make. It is hands down the best part of our Thanksgiving food!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I haven’t had that in ages! Have an awesome day! 🙂

  21. I love that you use guest posts it is wonderful to look into the lives of others.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I love my Contributors – they help to bring depth to this blog! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  22. As I have been doing for MANY years I will be picking up my Mom and driving up to my friends house for Thanksgiving–good friends, family and delicious food all of which I am grateful for.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Sounds like a fun day ahead! Enjoy! 🙂

  23. serenityyou

    we don’t have Thanksgiving here in the UK, which is a shame

    1. Ms Claudette

      I think you do and it is every day! 🙂

  24. I like the idea of a list to get inspirations. Also to get reminders too.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad it resonated with you! 🙂

  25. I like that gratitude list idea…I host my church’s Facebook page and at the top is a pinned post called a Thank You List and I encourage everyone to share from time to time what they are thankful for. I find that when we start to be thankful it changes our perspective

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed does! And that is a great way to build community as well! Thanks for sharing that! 🙂

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