Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Preparing To Be Thankful

This week the holiday season officially begins. Many are preparing to go and visit friends and/or family and share with them Thanksgiving dinner. Turkeys will be bought and roasted, fried, and/or BBQ (although a BBQ turkey, just doesn't sound right). A variety of side dishes from candied yams to oyster dressing will be prepared and many of us will sit down to fill ourselves with all the yummy flavors of the season.

Eating is definitely one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving; that and the ritual of preparing the feast.  I have opted for an organic bird this year.  Trying to accommodate every one's taste buds can be a bit of a challenge yet I think I have it handled.   An array of dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green bean casserole, corn on the cob, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce, and of course the deserts will all be present. 

Then there is the Macy’s parade Thanksgiving morning which for many (especially us older ones) is somewhat of a tradition. Of course it is not quite what it used to be. I remember vividly watching all morning long Thanksgiving day. Eagerly waiting for each huge balloon to come by. The last time I watched there were not nearly as many balloons and most of the time was spent with whoever hosted the televised event. Maybe I am just becoming a crabby old person but it just did not seem as good as in younger years. :-)

Football is also a big thing on Thanksgiving day although for us here in Oklahoma it will occur a few days later. A couple years back Bedlam (Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University) agreed to play their game the weekend after Thanksgiving. This is really great as it is a big game anyway and to place it during this time just makes it that more special. With each of my children representing one corner of the great football triangle (OU, OSU, and UT) it lends itself for some great times. Football also gives the men a good excuse to nod off to sleep after eating to their hearts content. Blaming it on the turkey of course, yet I heard the other day that there is little if any truth to this claim.

So what are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are there any traditions that you share on a yearly basis? Whatever they may be here is wishing you and yours a wonderful blessed time.


The Wandering Gardener said...

Your Thanksgiving thoughts sound delicious.

We do not have Thanksgiving here but your story about it makes it feel like really warm day.

Dede said...

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving! Enjoy all of the kids and grandbabies. Oh, and let's not forget all of that yummy food.


Aine O'Brien said...

I agree - bbq turkey is wrong. I mean not right.

We've had our Thanksgiving already here in Canada, and I am a traditionalist - turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce gravey etc., etc., etc.

On the upside, I won't be too sick of turkey for Yule. In fact, I can't wait!

Kristen said...

I wish for you a wonderful Thanksgiving. As the other side of our family is sick ( last year it was my family that was sick ) we will be celebrating another simple dinner with just the four of us but I am so thankful for the four of us that it will be just as special!

I will be adding you to my thankful list this year as finding you has really helped me in my new path, Thank you


faerwillow said...

~good morning...every year my granfather would call first thing in the morning to tell us to turn on the parade!! we will travel to my parents the night before so i can help prepare with the women in my family...we feast early so we can head over to my husbands moms house where once more we try to make room for another feast to be served...then we stay with her and his brothers...we rise early and off we all go to take our littles to the macys parade here! i never went as a child so it has been alot of fun watching my littles actually see first hand all those wonderful floats going by...i wish you a warm happy holiday ahead...much l♥ve and light upon you and yours~

Teresa said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned. Ours will be similar--family, food and football. We tend to add playing cards after lunch. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

AkasaWolfSong said...

Good Morning Janie! :)

I will be spending Thanksgiving at my Daughter's where all of us will gather...we are small in number but the food will be aplenty I am sure.
I too love to watch the Macy's day parade and have for as long as I can remember...my kids aren't into it but that does not stop me. I agree that it isn't like it used to be...too much talking and not enough of the magic of it all.
Here's wishing you a Very Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings All Around!
Big Hugs!!!

Linda in New Mexico said...

Hey hold on there missy.......Using the BBQ grill to roast the turkey is a delicious alternative to the oven roasting. No BBQ sauce is used in the making of thanksgiving at my house but the roasting is fabulous. It also means I have my whole oven for all the sides and bread.....Just saying. I hope you have a wonderful one Mother Moon. The Olde Bagg, Linda

Faerie Sage said...

Well blessings to you and your table, and to all my friends who are celebrating thanksgiving in November!
We make thanksgiving a family event and food is right at the center of it. Though our thanksgiving was over a month ago, it is a happy time to be blessed and enjoyed by all

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh, your plans sound similar to ours. I LOVE watching the Macy's Parade. I look forward to it every year. We always get together with my parents and enjoy turkey with all the trimmings (my mom's special stuffing, corn bread, carrots, mashed potatoes, cranberry compote). Usually, we do have some type of sport on afterwards. And then we are tired! Hope you and yours have a wonderful day. Theresa