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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving on my mind.


Next week is Thanksgiving here in the States, my favorite holiday:

1. Nothing to decorate, unless you count what you already have around.
2. Everyone will expect the same food, year after year.
3. Everyone will be happy to eat the same food, and will act surprised at how good everything is, and how come we don't eat turkey more often, they'll say.
4. Nothing to buy or present, except food.
5. We will have enough leftovers to not cook the rest of our lives!

And the most important reason of all: We get the family together, those of us who can, and will remember all the other Thanksgivings in our lives. A Marathon of Memories, Sports, Memories, Sports, Pies with or without ice cream, More Turkey, more Sports....

We'll be somnolent and lazy, thankful for what Providence has  generously bestowed upon us.

Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are.

39 comments:

Reasons said...

Like Christmas but without the present shopping - wish we did more to celebrate it here! Enjoy.

Diana said...

I love this list! Thanksgiving is great for all of those reasons. Have a wonderful holiday!

pink dogwood said...

so true - it is one of my favorite holiday as well :)

Hope said...

great list! I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Helen said...

The perfect description of Thanksgiving .... I wish you a good one!

Grandmother said...

I love that we have a holiday to be grateful for the abundance in our lives. Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Antigua or Italy but I get together with other Americans and savor the memories and express gratitude for the bounty. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

RNSANE said...

Oh, Rosaria, I am really feeling not the least bit thankful because I can't really indulge in the Thanksgiving feasting and drinking good wine this year. With my discharge from the hospital on Tuesday, I've been given the most horrible thirty day diet, no fiber for two weeks, then low fiber, no alcohol, etc, till I have a colonoscopy in a month! Of course, I am most thankful for my family and friends and I am happy to be feeling better but, now, I'll have to wait another year for all those goodies....unless I do it all, instead, for Christmas...or on another day...that's a plan!!!

Bella Rum said...

Yep. That sums it up nicely and so true about everyone wondering why we don't have turkey more often. We'd be napping all the time. I'm so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, and the leftovers, they seem to grow in the fridge.

Thanks for stopping by my place. You have a lovely place here.

Velva said...

Let the onslaught of the eating festival begin!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. yeah it will be nice to have everyone together...

Robyn said...

Best wishes for a happy family time.

xx Robyn

yaya said...

I love Thanksgiving too, for all the same reasons! Mostly because family gets together and we enjoy the day..Happy Thanksgiving!

Donna said...

We love it for all the same reasons too! And add oone more...we have friends who go to a country club each year, get dressed up and celebrate. We put on our flannel shirts, jeans and all pitch in to help cook. Everyone has a job and it is about as lowkey as you can imagine. We are just "thankful" to be home, together and comfortable!!!

Eva Gallant said...

I loved this post. So True!

An English Shepherd said...

Have a nice time planning Thanksgiving :-)

Wizz

#1Nana said...

Sounds wonderful! We're heading to Texas (and warmer weather) to spend the holiday with our grandchildren. Have a great holiday.

Cloudia said...

So well said!




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Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, lakeviewer!

Oh said...

Hi and how nice to meet you and love this list - you're right - all that family and all that variety on the table and all that tradition - how wonderful to expect it and embrace it. (and not have to get gifts, just get "full!")

And thanks for stopping by my blog. Another Thanksgiving note:I am thankful for those who happen upon my blog it and leave a note! And thankful for the op to discover blogs like yours.

Happy Thanksgiving, Rosario to you and yours!

Rob-bear said...

In Canada, we celebrated "Thanksgiving" in early October. But any and all of us can be thankful, for so many things, any time of the year.

Yet the haunting picture that comes to my mind is that of a young couple, probably in their twenties, in middle America. Sitting on a sidewalk they held up a sign, saying, "Will work for food!" Such heartbreak at "Turkey Time."

Arkansas Patti said...

Its my favorite for all those reasons. The food is always good but what I enjoy most is the family and the lack of stress that Christmas brings.

NitWit1 said...

With no expected visitors, I am tentatively planning to attend Thanksgiving at the Senior Center for $5 each Plans may change

I do have a huge turkey thigh in refrig and Stovetop. Still enough for more than two...

Will broach the subject this week with hubby. All restaurants are open, but our senior center needs our support in dollars these days.

Christmas will be as last year. We gave to a number of efforts. We are already committed to four, and not sure what else will come us. When you are old, things take on different meanings for each of us.

Woman in a Window said...

An easy day where you get to soak into the couch, disperse and become a part of one another. Even in the kitchen, pre-couch, I daresay.

My children are going with their father to the States for Thanksgiving. That is one of the things I miss the most about dissolving my ties in the U.S., that delicious feeling of being a part of something so much larger. It was a warm kitchen and chatter. I'm grateful they still get to be a part of that.

xo
erin

becky at abbeystyle said...

Thank you, Rosaria...and a Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Relyn said...

Plus, wonderful leftovers!!

Hilary said...

We had our Canadian Thanksgiving last month but I'm about ready to do it all again. We're actually out of leftovers. Hope your holiday is wonderful!

Junosmom said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite, too!

Suldog said...

And Happy Thanksgiving to YOU!

Sorry I haven't been by in quite a while. Great post, though. It says everything I'm taking about 3,000 words to say, tomorrow, and gets it all well and done and wonderfully said in a couple of paragraphs. Nice job!

Janna Qualman said...

Yes! Precisely.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Rosaria!

Marguerite said...

It is one of the least involved holidays, unless of course, you're preparing dinner for 23 people, which I am! Cheers!

Pearl said...

A lovely holiday with everything you need: good food and good people. Everything else is frippery.

:-)

Pearl

20th Century Woman said...

It's so true, everything you say. Thanksgiving is so much nicer than Christmas.

Maggie May said...

I guess everything is wonderful on Thanksgiving (unless you are a turkey!)
Hope it all went fine.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Dumdad said...

I've been invited to several Thanksgivings by American friends and think it's a great celebration. I love the food and the non-religious aspect to it. I wish us Brits had something similar.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Funny - because the US Thanksgiving meal sounds in many ways (ok, ok, in the one way that is turkey...) much like the British Christmas meal, I always imagined there would be some kind of decorating, and some kind of presents... :) I would like to be in the US for Thanksgiving one year.

Linda Myers said...

Really nice description of the day. We'd planned a road trip to Park City, Utah, but the weather is too bad. So instead, we're flying to Kenai, Alaska to spend the time with family. It will be very short days and very long nights, but it will be a good time populated by grateful people.

Dimple said...

I also like Thanksgiving. I regret that it is getting lost in the mad scramble from Halloween to Christmas.

ds said...

Yes, it is as simple--and as bountiful--as you've described. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, Rosaria. May the "leftovers" (not just of food) last a long time!

PurestGreen said...

We try to have a wee Canadian Thanksgiving every year in october. I love it - an excuse to eat a beautiful meal (and leftovers!) It's a great holiday and always over too soon.