Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Turkey Day Traditions

We are having a blast in Boston with our families. Chelsea is a good friend of mine. We met when we were both in Okinawa. Enjoy her post!!!! Be sure to check out her blog and her beautiful baby!!

I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Lindsey and Co. We met in Okinawa a few years back. I am so, so jealous that her and her family will be headed back there soon! Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, behind Christmas, of course! I love the meaning of Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for and I just love that there is a holiday for thankfulness.

Growing up, Thanksgiving usually consisted of my mom, my dad, my brother, and me until my brother moved out of the house. Our family is scattered around the globe and Thanksgiving is a holiday we just didn't travel for. Some years we would spend it with my aunt and cousins. They lived the shortest distance away. We always woke up to Mom making cinnamon rolls and we would chow down during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Mom would cook traditional turkey day fixings and we would always eat around 3 or 4. Then, we'd spent the rest of the day playing games and eating left overs.

Since my husband and I were married, we have yet to spend a Thanksgiving together. Our first married Thanksgiving, he was away for work in mainland Japan. Last year, he was on the schedule to work, so I jetted off on a cruise down the Danube River through Austria. This year, we will finally be celebrating together. I think it's the perfect time, since we have our bundle of joy with us this year. My cousin and her family will be spending the holiday with us. She's bringing a few friends of hers as well. Then, we will spend the weekend visiting Christkindlmarkts in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, and Wuerzburg. And yes, I admit, a favorite part of Thanksgiving for me is as soon as it's over, I'm allowed to put up our Christmas tree! Ha!

For Thanksgiving Day, my cousin and I are planning on fixings we enjoyed growing up. We're making cinnamon rolls for breakfast just like my mom made. My husband's in charge of the turkey and ham. We're also making traditional mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole (aka Apple Yam Delight), cranberries, rolls, and a broccoli and cheese casserole. Applie pie, pumpkin spice rolls, and pecan pie are on the dessert menu.

We're going to finish the night playing board games while stuffing our faces with leftovers like we did when we were younger. Only this time, we'll probably enjoy a little wine, unlike our childhood Thanksgivings ...

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

Thank you for taking the time to read my guest post. I hope you enjoyed reading it, and I hope each and everyone of you has a splendid day giving thanks!

With love,


Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

Man you have my mouth watering!!

Callie Nicole said...

I hope you have a lovely first Thanksgiving celebrating with your hubby and new addition, Chelsea! :-)

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