Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

For Americans, today was one of the most beloved holidays of the year -- a day devoted to feasting, spending time with family and friends, watching football and the Macy's Parade, giving thanks, and plotting a plan of attack for "Black Friday!"

On a personal level, we find that Thanksgiving is an excellent time to slow down the frenzied pace of our lives and reconnect as a family. It is also a good time to stop and count our many blessings, and thank God for His provisions for our clan.

This morning, I got up early to make the stuffing, so my husband could put the turkey on to roast. That is one of our family traditions -- my husband has always prepared the turkey, ever since our early years when I was too squeamish to put my hand inside the cavity of a turkey! I figure, why stop such a good thing now??

My family Loves my stuffing recipe! I chopped some onion and celery, sauteed it in plenty of butter, and seasoned it with some poultry seasoning. Then, I mixed together the sauteed veggies, 4 cans of chicken broth and 2 bags of my favorite stuffing mix. After filling the turkey with as much as we could, I put the rest in a baking dish to bake separately.

Once the turkey was in the roaster, Alan made a Big batch of pancakes and I made some eggs and sausage. Then, we sat down to enjoy a delicious breakfast! Minus the girls, that is -- Tiffany and Ashlyn were at the gym!! They were attempting to burn off their Thanksgiving calories in advance!!! :)

After breakfast, Alan and the boys cleaned up the kitchen, and I started on the yeast rolls. Then, I found out one of my sons had his heart set on biscuits, so I made some biscuits too! The next few hours passed quickly as we all engaged in a variety of activities together and separately. The list included:

preparing food
washing dishes
scanning the sales ads
facebooking and emailing friends
watching football
watching the parade
playing volleyball
playing scrabble
riding bikes around our neighborhood

Then, about 3 pm, we sat down to eat our great Thanksgiving Feast!!!

After we had eaten our fill (and then some!), we went around the table and everyone shared what they were thankful for. It was a really special time.

Then, the children worked together and cleaned up the entire Thanksgiving mess! I didn't do a thing! Wow -- what a blessing that was!!!!

When the kitchen was clean, the family gathered in the family room and played Life Stories. This is a good game for recalling and sharing memories and little antecdotes. With the interesting mix of personalities we have in our family, it turned out to be a lot of fun!

After the game, we all found a cozy spot and took a little siesta! :)

Then, we ate our dessert -- delicious apple and pumpkin pie. Tiffany makes the most incredible pies totally from scratch!! She learned the skill from my Mom, who must be the world's best pie maker! I hate to tell her, but she now has some stiff competition!! :)

We concluded the day by watching An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. It was a heart-warming, Hallmark family movie, and the perfect way to conclude a perfect Thanksgiving Day!!

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