This week, I'm grateful for a traditional, food-filled Thanksgiving at home...
Our home is 101 years old this year. Sure, it has its creaks and squeaks, but as any true homebody would attest, I think it's the best place in the world. It's warm, old-fashioned, and real.. dog hair included. :) When my parents bought the house, it really needed work, but over the years, it's been fixed up and restored to its former Craftsman bungalow glory. My favorite part of the house is kitchen stained glass window. While it looks like it could be original to the house, my dad actually made this window a few years back. I just love the simple Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design and the eye-catching jewel tones.
I'm feeling inordinately excited about the turkey this year. As I've mentioned before, we're not the biggest meat eaters, so the "holiday meats" (Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas and Easter hams) are kind of a big deal. It reminds me of a quote from A Christmas Story...
Now it is well known in the Midwest that the Old Man is a turkey junkie, a bona fide turkicanus freak. A few days before Christmas his eyes would begin to gleam with a wild and ravenous light.
That pretty well describes Pruitt in this photo, doesn't it? Such a goofball!
Thanksgiving is very much the same for us every year. Dad prepares the turkey and stuffing. Mom and I fret over the pumpkin pie. In the background, the Macy's parade (and then the National Dog Show) is playing on TV. I'll dart in and out of the living room to make sure we don't miss any of the important balloons, performances, or dogs. By late morning, when we're all feeling a bit peckish, we put together a cheese platter to snack on while the turkey continues to cook. Did I mention I'm excited for the turkey this year? ;)
Everything tends to be ready by afternoon. I light the candles on the table, and we all sit down to one of the best meals of the year.
Our tradition that concludes every Thanksgiving is to watch A Christmas Story while we eat our pumpkin pie. Of course we all know the narration by heart, but it's still one of the most hilarious and heartwarming movies ever produced.
And so, I have a few questions for you... what are your Thanksgiving traditions? What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Do you travel for the holiday, or spend a quiet day at home? Please feel free to share in the comments - I'd love to hear from you!
Wishing you and your families a truly wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
'Til next time,