Friday, November 23, 2012
Every holiday offers the opportunity to create memories and enjoy family traditions. Because my husband and I have always been in the medical profession, holidays sometimes are celebrated at what some would consider odd times. Our family celebrates whenever we are all off and together....the day doesn't really matter. :-) This year Thanksgiving was on Wednesday....not Thursday. No one seemed to mind the "new day".
My family and I felt especially blessed that we were all together this year. When illness strikes close to home the time together becomes even more special. My husband and I combine both sides of the family and have one big gathering. I am the designated cook and hostess for the big event and I love it. We enjoy all of the traditional holiday food including the yummy desserts! A favorite in our family are pecan tassies. An easy make ahead treat and a simple to eat finger food!
This year, after the meal, all the relatives enjoyed a sing-a-long lead by my son. He knows all the oldies and the grandparents really enjoyed getting to hear songs from their youth. Of course there is lots of "catching up" done over dinner. By the end of the meal the problems of the world are solved though not all agree on how to go about it! :-)
As the evening comes to an end I prepare "goodie bags" for all the guests. Another tradition....a pint sized loaf of pumpkin bread is included in every bag.
Family traditions are such a blessing. They produce a sense of belonging, a feeling of security, certainty of acceptance, and assurance of unconditional love. At the end of the day that is really what matters most....don't you think?
On Thursday my son and I decided to start a new Thanksgiving tradition. We went on a 5 mile hike along a beautiful woodland trail. It ran right next to a river. It was so peaceful! We were both very proud of the fact that we had walked off all of the calories from the previous day. Ha!
Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and a piece of pumpkin bread! It's delicious....even if I do say so myself! :-) Blessings!
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