Wednesday, November 24, 2010

May Your Blessings Be Bountiful, Your Day Filled with Love

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Author Unknown

If given the choice between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a favorite holiday, hands down the former gets the prize.

The day before finds me lolling in bed at 9am. No school today. I've done my grocery shopping, Ian has driven the 12 hours home from Alabama, my mom asleep in the next room. The rest of the kids are due to arrive later today and we'll begin the prep work while gathered around the kitchen table - pies made, celery and onion chopped, bread broken to dry for stuffing, conversations shared.

Tomorrow, a half hour of raw turkey wrestling ensues which only means when the big bird makes it into the oven, I can sigh and say "That task done for another year." I can then methodically peel my potatoes or recruit a son happening to walk by.

Then, we wait, and play, and talk, watch football. Not being a fan of early large dinners, we'll eat around 5. Will finish just in time to lie about and, hopefully, watch the Aggies kick the Longhorns across their own field.

Oh, yes, so much easier than putting Christmas together.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you have many blessings to recount.

And lets not forget the Crimson Tide on Friday!


  1. Oh yes, a holiday to sink our teeth in. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Julie and a special hug to your mum. You are sol blessed to have her with you.......:-)Hugs

  3. We will eat mid=afternoon since the guests have a 6 hours ride to the other relatives house! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Hey, happy L-tryptophan day! I'm in cloudy, cold Atlanta with my parents at Tyson's house. We're getting ready to start a fire in the fireplace and prep today's dinner of grilled, stuffed chicken breasts (stuffed with a cream cheese and spinach concoction); then it's on to the games portion of the day and lazing around. We haven't even started on Thanksgiving yet. Love this time of year. Hugs to you and yours. So glad you get to have all your boys home. I'm only getting one kid of mine this year. But I'll take it!


  5. Sounds like a wonderfully planned day!

    And do we have a chance at keeping it all off of our thighs, tummies, butts, etc. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving - Glad you have your family home with you!

  6. That sounds like a delightful way to celebrate! I know what you mean about this being a 'better' holiday than Christmas; it is certainly less stressful! I spent the day cooking with my mother, and I, too, hope to snag my son walking by tomorrow. ;) Many blessings on your day!

  7. Enjoy your holiday weekend, games and all!

  8. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving Julie! And may you find plenty of sons to recruit for dish duty after the feasting...

  10. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. I too favor Thanksgiving over Christmas...I love that the focus is just on being together, eating, playing, watching football or even playing it and not on all that other stuff. It makes me smile to read that your loved ones are there with you. XX

  12. Love it! Enjoy. Loved the comment about recruiting the son walking by.
    Happy, happy day to you.

  13. So glad everyone will be with you for this day. Happy food, happy football, happy happy Thanksgiving!

  14. I'm glad your house is full... there were only the three of us here this year, so I stayed up until 3:00am taking care of my turkey breast.

    It was so comforting, and the house smelled like turkey and apple pie.

    We're watching the Cowboys... poor things, and Friday we'll be watching the same game as ya'll, except that everyone I know will be pulling for Texas. I'm not biased.

    I'm so glad you are writing again!


  15. Happy Thanksgiving Midlife. I love the family, the food, the thankfulness, and most of all, the lack of commercializing of Thanksgiving over Christmas.

  16. Haha! sounds wonderful! It's wonderful for us--in a totally different way!

    Now it's time to make turkey 'n rice soup!

  17. We went out for dinner with family, which sadly means no leftovers. Sounds like you ate well and I hope you're enjoying yummy leftovers today. I'm enjoying elastic-waist pants today. ;-)

    Happy Holidays!

  18. I hope the day was as wonderful as your description sounds. To have your family together in this way is such a gift. I know your dad was missed, even as you enjoyed each other's company. Hugs to your mom. Did she bring her dog? :-)

  19. The more I hear about American Thanksgiving, the more I think we miss out. Upon reflection, it's not Canada that misses out, but me particularly. I never got into the thanksgiving spirit and now am rarely hear for the occasion anyway. My daughter has taken it up, and if it can't happen on the day for whatever reason, she holds Fake Thanksgiving (or Fake Easter but never Fake Christmas) get-togethers. I think I should sit up and take notice that my children consider these occasions more important than I do.

  20. Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family. Mine was wonderful, too, but with 23 guests and not many to help prepare, it was a bit exhausting. I find Christmas is easier, because I have a seafood buffet, and only about 15 guests. Cheers!

  21. Sounds like a perfect day. Except trade the Buckeyes beating Michigan, which we did yesterday. hee

    I miss having the kids around on the holidays. Next year, I think we'll go pester them!

  22. I like Thanksgiving more than Christmas too because at our house it is the more relaxing of the two days. And of course there is not all the obligatory gift buying and hoopla that goes along with Christmas. That's my least favorite part of the holiday season.

  23. Sounds like a perfect day to me! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well.

  24. Happy belated Thanksgiving. It is most certainly a good day to appreciate loved ones.

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