Monday, November 21, 2011

Quiet Time

 It's Thanksgiving, y'all...a time that is usually busy at my house, with family, food, friends.  I have a large extended family, and through the years everyone has gathered in our home on Thanksgiving Day.  Its not unusual for us to host 18-20 family members on that day.  But...this year, I'm breaking tradition.  I've decided to have a quiet, intimate family gathering.  Several of our family members are traveling, and going in several different directions.  Our older children are visiting other parents, girlfriend's grandmothers...ahh, the joys and trials of blended families.  So, I looked at my husband, and I said, "Why don't we skip the large, organized, crazy dinner this year, and just do something small and quiet?"  "Sounds like a stellar idea, my dear."  So, I'll cook a small dinner, and we've told all the kids to just drop by whenever they want, after, or in between all their other commitments.  I have a smoked turkey.  I'll make dressing and gravy, and all the other fixin's, but simpler dishes, in smaller amounts.  My table will be simple.  This year I crave quiet.  I crave simplicity.  I crave informality. 

Of course, this guy will come out.  Several years back, my sweet sister gave me this depression glass turkey bowl.  I use him for cranberry sauce.  He is indeed a treasured possession and a part of our holiday traditions.

 And, I can't forget about these two.  Would it really be Thanksgiving without them?

Wishing you a peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving holiday.