When I was a kid I would have to say Thanksgiving was such memorable occasion. It didn't matter whose house it was at but for me we were all together as a family. My Grandmother whom I was extremely close to even said she would have done anything to have those days back again once all of us kids had gotten older. If we got to my families house early the first thing us kids would have done was watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My Poppy normally would join us kids for this while sneaking us kids little candies. Then after the parade we would go to my cousins playroom and hangout, then once the ladies of the house had to finish prepping everything the adults would put us in our warmest coats and send us outside, When we were at my aunt and uncles house that would include our uncle taking us on turns through the woods in tubes or in the cart behind his three-wheeler.
Then there was the dinner!! We had the adult tables and the kids table, us kids used to joke we couldn't wait to get to the adult table. Finally when we were finally old enough they combined the tables and made it one, I guess the joke was on us.
I miss those days still but family grew apart for whatever reason and we got older. However one of the things I always remember is the food. God there was always a huge amount of food and people wonder were I get it from when it comes to my dinners.
Some of these foods I still do till this day! Why not they are still a family and friend favorite and to me they are still traditional as can be. Here are lists of the food we used to and some new things we have added over the years.
First would be the appetizers:
Celery with Cream Cheese and Cranberry Sauce
Pigs in a Blanket
Chips and Dip
Cheese and Crackers
Then there was the dinner:
Besides the Turkey(s) there was also Ham
Peas with the little Pearl Onions in them
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli and Cheese
Cookies- Assorted and all homemade
Chocolate Cream Pie
God I know I am forgetting a lot but remembering the food came in second to remembering the family that we had the time with. As a adult I can honestly say I miss my family being together like we used to when we were little, It didn't matter who you were when we were together we were family all the differences were put aside for that one day. I think the biggest part of it is my Grandparents being gone now. How I would have loved to have had one more big family Thanksgiving with them. Oh how I would have loved to have had my poppy meet my little boy they would have gotten along so well if he was still with us. I could see the look of joy on my Grandmothers face seeing my oldest married and happy. Or how she would have been joyful on how my other three teens had gotten so big and beautiful, Nothing made Grams more happy then knowing her Grand kids.
Don't get me wrong I am very blessed and thankful for everything I have this Thanksgiving. But I am also Thankful for the past that I had with my extended family. Although we don't get a chance to see each other or talk to each other I love them just the same, Maybe one year we will all come together again and remember all of those who went before us.
Hold those you love near and dear and have a Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving.
If you can think of any goodies that I forgot please leave me a comment below!