Today I am grateful for my memories of Thanksgivings past. As I contemplate what I am making and what new items to try, I have been deep in thought of all the holidays I have shared.
Most people love Christmas and Hanukkah.
I understand that these are holidays of giving and sharing. I love to spoil those I love and that will never change. But that being said, Thanksgiving is just so special to me. From the many many times I shared the holiday at my aunt’s house, to the chaos and trials of cooking as a new homemaker I have loved Thanksgiving. I enjoy researching and trying new recipes. I enjoy inviting those that need a place to share my special meal. I enjoy sharing my traditions with others and my home is always open to new people. I promised my aunt many years ago that once she was not up to making the meal any longer I would continue the tradition. I have held true to my word. My memories of my children as little ones and now their children as little ones hold fast and strong in my heart. I remember the hand shaped turkeys my kids made as centerpieces as well as rocks and twigs in a kid made cornucopia. Oh the days before Pinterest when a child’s decorations were all you needed.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
My meals with all the grandkids have been few and far between. All the kids and grandkids together brought me delight. Add my aunt and uncle and I was in heaven. Oh the joy the one time when Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving. I went a little crazy with Thanksgivikah decorations. You need to go nuts on a once in a lifetime event. Next year my aunt’s birthday will be on Thanksgiving. It will be her 94th. G-d wiling we will share this special event with more family around. One can hope.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
I remember the few times long ago when my spouse drove to Arizona to bring my mom here for thanksgiving. Four, six hour long drives for him meant sheer bliss for me. When it became too difficult for her to travel we often drove there on Thanksgiving after the family left. Our go to for meals on the road was always Denny’s. At least you knew what to expect when you went there. On Friday I would make everything again at her house. When the drive became too difficult for me I started flying there for our visit. I always enjoy having family for Thanksgiving. The truest words YOUR PRESENCE IS YOUR PRESENT. There is not much better than sharing this holiday of time spent with your family. I am grateful I still have this holiday celebration in my life.