Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!!
Growing up, our house was open to family and friends on this special day each year. My mom had a way of welcoming everyone, setting a table to fit as many people that walked through the door, sometimes snaking the tables and chairs into the entryway itself. She always did so without showing the work involved, always with a smile, no matter the disaster that might occur (flood in the laundry room; fire in the oven; or a last minute dash to the food store for Stove Top due to an unfortunate ingredient mistake. Good times!) Even though I miss my mom like crazy on Thanksgiving, I feel connected to her today, as this was her favorite holiday as well. I can feel her hands guiding me, I can see her smile in my mind's eye, and I can hear her laughter among those that are around me.
I have since inherited the holiday from her. I have also made my own traditions, blending my husband's beloved parts of the holiday (Nana's Chestnut Stuffing) with my own family's favorites (a lively round of Family Feud between courses), and always starting the day with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon!
Unfortunately, for the first time in a long time, we will not be celebrating Thanksgiving surrounded by 20+ members of my family today. The 9 year old has pneumonia, and I will juggle my roles as Nurse Mom and Chef Mom today. I will still make a turkey dinner, just a very scaled-down version of the feast that usually is our Thanksgiving Day Dinner. And, of course, my extended family and my friends will be in my thoughts and prayers today.
Whatever your traditions may be today, I wish you love, happiness, and peace.