Thanksgiving--one of my favorite holidays. You gotta love any holiday that combines family, good food and football (notice I didn't say good since neither NFL game was much to write home about).
For first time in ten years, my entire immediate family was able to gather around the table for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. We had turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes with marshmellows, pineapple casserole (family favorite), sweet pea casserole (Mom trying something new...it was really good), broccoli and cheese casserole (notice the word casserole figures in here a lot!), cranberry orange relish, rolls and corn relish. It was all very good...and I was very hungry by the time we got to eating. We ate later than usual to allow Gracelyn and Davis to have their proper nap time. (I found out last week that Gracelyn not taking a nap....not so pretty). I was glad I'd eaten our traditional from scratch pancakes after I went and worked out (yes, the Y was open yesterday morning so I went and burned off some calories to make room for turkey) earlier in the day later than usual. But I was still pretty ravenous by the time we got to dinner. I always struggle when it comes to eating Thanksgiving meal. While dieting a few years ago, I learned that there's eating until your satisfied and eating until you are too stuffed too move. It's a delicate balance, especially when you're a stuffing addict like I am (I need some help recovering from my sage addiction...is there a 12 step program for me?!?). But I did pretty well--enjoying everything but not getting stuffed. After all, there was pumpkin pie to be had.
Gracelyn, by the way, loves pumpkin pie. She thought it was great. Davis thought that turkey was pretty good and he also thought sweet potatoes with marshmellows melted on top were fun to play in.
On Thanksgiving, we sit in the dining room and use the good china and the good silver. And we just enjoy being a family, which is wonderful. We also put up a Christmas tree. As some of you may know, I'm allergic to live trees--yes, my future children, should I ever be blessed with any, already hate me. We put up our patriotic tree--which is red, white and blue. Luckily, my father bought some of those tree bags last year so we didn't have to spend hours putting the lights on the tree again. We just assembled, fluffed the branches and decorated. Virtually instant Christmas decorations.
My parents made plans for which sales they're going to hit today. We did not get up at four a.m. to get out to save, save, save. I did that last year, but really only because I'd claimed that I would buy Brian (my brother-in-law) the Indiana Jones trilogy on DVD and it was on a really, really good sale. Also, I had to go to work anyway, so I got up, got the gift and then went to work. I was there a bit early so I got to leave early. I got a catalog a few weeks ago from Family Christian BookStores with stuff they were going to have on sale and I wanted a couple of CDs. And I actually went up to the mall, but the line was so long and the catalog misplaced that I couldn't remember which ones were on-sale. So, I gave up and came home after getting a new copy of the Sims (I lost the old one) cheap at BestBuy. The lines were moving and it wasn't quite the swarm I expected, but then again it was mid-morning and not the early rush.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/26/2004 11:40:00 AM