Thanksgiving! It’s arriving a bit late this year, so I am super-excited and filled with anticipation. For most of my life, Thanksgiving, to me, has always trumped Christmas. Don’t get me wrong; I do love Christmas carols and movies and cookies (and presents), but I feel like Thanksgiving comes with less pressure.
Thanksgiving: a holiday all about food and family. (Well, also about giving thanks, of course.) I am not that into turkey, but direct most of my appetite toward homemade bread, green bean casserole, and apple pie.
Getting together with family in such a relaxed atmosphere is simply wonderful. I’m sure my mom is less relaxed than I am this time of year, seeing as my parents usually host and she has to make the turkey. I just love hanging out with my cousins, aunts and uncles, brothers, nieces and nephews. I love our traditional hike at Allerton Park. I love meeting up with my high school friends while I’m back in my hometown.
I love the milestones my husband and I have shared on Thanksgiving in our five years together.
- 2008: He came with me and met my entire family, including the first time meeting my parents. Brave guy! (A few weeks later, I got to go “home” with him and meet his family, too!)
- 2009: We had a serious talk about where our relationship was heading– basically discovered we were both on the same page and wanted to get married fairly soon. Plus, we had extended-family photos taken, and he posed right beside me.
- 2012: Our first gathering on my side of the family since announcing our baby on the way.
- 2013: Our first Thanksgiving with our son! Sweet memories to be made!