I’m banning Thanksgiving. You might be celebrating Turkey Day in your house on Thursday, but as for me, I’m having pizza. Yep. Ordering pizza on Wednesday night, then leftover pizza on Thursday. No Thanksgiving here. I’m banning it. Well, that’s not quite true. I’m not actually banning Thanksgiving, I’m postponing it. I have three children – all grown and married. They can’t all be home on Thursday, so we aren’t having celebrating Thanksgiving until December when my youngest flies home from New York. Because, I’ll be honest – without all the kids around the table, I’m not so thankful. It feels wrong.
A few years ago I tried it. One of my daughters (Lee Anne) was living in Portland, Oregon at the time so we celebrated with my other two kids (Scarlett and Rocky) and their spouses. We had all the fixings – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, and my no bake cherry cheesecake (see recipe in this newsletter). We had everything except Lee Anne. And I hated it. I was miserable. I couldn’t wait for that dinner to end and it was probably the quickest Thanksgiving clean-up ever. I wanted every trace of that dinner erased! It just wasn’t Thanksgiving without all of my chicks in the nest. The table might have been full, but all I could see was that empty chair.
So, this year. No Thanksgiving on Thursday. This year it is Scarlett who cannot come home Thursday. So, the ban is on in our house, or at least the postponement. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas on the same day – sometime in December. And we will all be together. And so very thankful.
May your Thanksgiving be full of love, food, and family – no matter what day you celebrate it.