I have an informal rule in my heart and in my household that we can’t celebrate or get all jazzed up about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. As I’ve gotten older Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. I love how simple and free of expectation Thanksgiving is. For my family, Thanksgiving is about spending time with together, giving thanks, and food-food-food. Every year I take delight in stuffing myself silly on turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, and dill pickles. Seriously, I eat an embarrassing amount of dill pickles.
Initially I was going to post about Christmas spending today, but when I sat down to write that post I felt like I was in violation of my rule. So, that post will have to wait until next week, and instead I’m going to tell you how I keep Thanksgiving simple.
We have simple expectations.
Our Thanksgiving Day is primarily about visiting with both sides of our family. Although the type-A in me tries to keep a strict schedule in order to give both sides equal time, it never really gets followed. We get off schedule, the kids get car naps, and we all get uncomfortably stuffed or sugar high. By the time we get home at night we’re pretty worthless. But, that’s part of the fun, right?!
Although I try to practice gratitude year round, it’s just easier around Thanksgiving. It’s the start of the holiday season and I feel all sorts of cozy and happy. It used to bother me that we would cram two dinners into one day, and then one day I caught myself complaining and realized I was complaining about so many people wanting to see us and feed us on one day. Since then my perspective has changed and I feel incredibly lucky that we get to spend Thanksgiving with both of our families.
We freeload off our parents.
You know they wouldn’t have it any other way! Rather than hosting Thanksgiving dinner, we are guests. This year we have two Thanksgiving dinners on our schedule. We’ll go to my parents for a Thanksgiving lunch and Matt’s parents for a Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing says simple like only being required to show up with a bottle of wine. Oh, and our kids. We bring them too, of course.
That’s our approach to a simple Thanksgiving, which I’m eagerly anticipating!
What about you? Do you enjoy or celebrate Thanksgiving? What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?