The Most Wonderful Time
I 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.
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.
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.
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 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?”