For those of you who don’t know, today is Thanksgiving in the USA! Turkey time!
My family has a few Thanksgiving traditions.
First, we set up the table for everyone who is coming over. This involves adding extra leaves to make it bigger as well as covering the table in butcher paper.
The butcher paper is not for butchering, but for writing on. We write and draw things we’re thankful for, like each other, or well-made bread, or that more Star Wars movies are coming out.
Then we have the usual food traditions of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Additional food is for my wife, who is a vegetarian. She likes making spanikopita instead of turkey. Spanikopita is a baked dish made with filo dough, butter, cheese, and spinach. Its really good!
We all eat the dinner and usually avoid the awful drama of arguments with your relatives.
After dinner is pie time.
My sister is the one who usually makes the pies. The typical number is eight, which ends up being about one per person at Thanksgiving dinner.
After eating everything we spend the rest of the night cleaning before falling asleep early.
But the fun isn’t over there! The next morning there is still plenty of pie left to eat! My sister invites all her friends over to eat the leftover pies. I know most of them, so its good to catch up with them and eat sugar for breakfast.
Most of those traditions are getting disrupted this year. My sister has moved to Ohio and is staying there this year. My dad and step-mom are going to my step-mom’s aunt’s house for the holiday, so they’re not in town either. I’m spending Thanksgiving with my lovely in-laws!
Most everyone in my wife’s family are vegetarians, so there will be no turkey this Thanksgiving. The spanikopita will be replacing it. Everything else is still going to be here though! Stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pie, and people that I love.
There’s also talk of going on a hike before cooking begins.
I miss seeing my direct family, but I saw them last month and I’ll get to see them all again in December for Christmas. At least I get to see the family cat because I’m taking care of her while they’re away.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving wherever you are and however you celebrate it!