Once upon a time, Thanksgiving brought families together for large gatherings. These days, jobs scatter us across the country making such gatherings difficult – if not impossible. I am lucky to have such heart-warming memories. The same isn’t so much true for my children, and that makes me sad.
Holidays were kind of a big deal when I was growing up. We had one place to go on Christmas Eve and another on Christmas. Once my then future husband was part of the picture, we had even more places to go! Each place was filled with aunts, uncles, cousins, and even grandparents.
These days, more people are moving away from their childhood homes after finishing college to follow their career desires, or after a few years at a job when a promotion takes them to other states. We’re part of that latter group. Our kids were 2, 6, 9, & 9. Gatherings were already getting smaller before we moved away, so none of them ever really had the same holiday memories that I had. It’s not bad – just different.
We started our own tradition of going out to see a movie after dinner, which lasted for several years. Now, turkey is the only constant. That’s definitely a good thing. Mmmm … turkey! Gone are the days of everyone having Thanksgiving off work, and most of our kids have been in the work force for a few years now. So I cook, and whoever can make it comes whenever they can get here. It’s a day full of cooking, being lazy in between cooking, watching the Macy’s Parade and the National Dog Show, and then eating and falling into a food coma. 🙂
I’m thankful for lazy days and don’t feel guilty about them. I’m thankful that I get to work from home for a pretty cool company. I have so many things to be thankful for! All the things we take for granted and don’t give a second thought to most days … grateful for all of those things. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!