Thanksgiving is very big in a lot of households in this country. However, I’ve noticed more this year that our family doesn’t put as much into it as I think we should. I mean, we have a few things we do. For one, I like to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade while reading the ads for the Black Friday sales in my pajamas. Of course, my Mother-in-Law and I go out to do a little shopping and then have lunch together the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a girl thing.
I especially like making dinner in the Dutch Ovens outside. We have had the juiciest turkey since doing it this way. This was our second time. I couldn’t go back to the oven or roaster method. This year we decided to cook our stuffing in a Dutch Oven as well. It was awesome! Next year I look forward to adding more culinary creations to our rustic way of cooking.
We really don’t miss the stress of having a large gathering anymore. I used to want that when I was in my twenties and starting my own family traditions. I grew up spending the holidays with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Grandparents. However, my family hasn’t all been together for Thanksgiving since 1998 when my second son was a few months old. I see very few of them throughout the year and everyone seems to like it that way. Or at least no ones complaining.
Now, I rather make it extra special for those who matter most. Those in the family who genuinely get together with you all through the year and not just because it’s a holiday.
Do you have any suggestions of some fun family taditions we could try for next year?