Here in the US, today is Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays, because it causes me to stop and reflect on the things I’m thankful for.
Ok – if you’re cooking, you don’t relax as much. But here at the Cooper house, our Thanksgivings are pretty laid back. Since our anniversary falls either on or around Thanksgiving, we went out of town every year before we had kids. Williamsburg, VA, was almost always our holiday destination. Then when the kids were small, we stayed home and celebrated with family. When the boys were bigger, we resumed the Williamsburg tradition with them.
I read somewhere that the Pilgrims probably had seafood, not turkey. We tried to do that one year in Williamsburg. We were so excited to go to our favorite seafood buffet for Thanksgiving dinner and have crab legs and shrimp instead of turkey. Imagine our chagrin when we headed to the buffet and saw traditional Thanksgiving fare. It was still yummy, but we had to go back after the holiday to get our seafood fix.
These days, we’re staying home more. Mom & Dad have dinner with my younger brother’s family, and Mike’s parents (now just his mom) go to his sister’s or nieces’ homes, so Mike & I have been “cooking” Thanksgiving dinner for our kids.
True confession: We don’t really cook. My mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy come out of boxes and packets. Everyone in this family likes “stove top” stuffing better than cubes of bread that have been stuck up a turkey’s – ummmm—you know. And Mike likes instant mashed potatoes better than “real” ones, so who am I to quibble with my husband? Lately, though, he’s been making the mashed potatoes with real potatoes. His are amazing. He adds sour cream and other extras that take them over the top. The only thing I really cook is the macaroni and cheese. Oh – and the turkey, but this year…
This year, Jon is having dinner with friends, so it’s just Wes, Steph, Amelia, Mike & me. And maybe a couple friends of the kids. Stephanie and I were talking about the menu, and I said, “Ham or turkey?” Steph: “I prefer turkey.” Me: “Turkey or steak?” Her eyes lit up. “Can we have steak?” Well, really, is there any rule that you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving? I mean, if the Native Americans had raised cattle, there probably would have been steak, right? So – steak it is! At least three of the four adults would much rather have beef than poultry, and the little one will eat anything. (I love that girl!) Mike is just happy to have mashed potatoes and mac & cheese.
The whole point is Thanksgiving isn’t about who you’re with or what you’re eating. It’s about being thankful for the good things and the wonderful people in your life – whether you’re spending the day with them or not. I’m so grateful for my kids (the ones I gave birth to and the ones that I didn’t but claim anyway), my precious granddaughter, my wonderful parents, all my extended family, friends, and, most of all, my oh, so amazing husband.
Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with all good things!
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