When I was A Little Girl We Didn’t Celebrate Thanksgiving

When I was a little girl, we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know what it even meant. Now, I am so excited and almost can’t wait for the end of the year with all the wonderful holidays.

Now it’s right around the corner! This is definitely one of the highlights of my year though it used to be so much more fun with  the family around. Being a part of a huge family, there’s nothing like sitting around the table on Thanksgiving with more food than we probably had the rest of the year. We used to gather around one of the siblings tables with so many teeny tiny kids running around. Where did those days go? I miss them so.

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I remember getting together at my house with tee other family members we hadn’t been able to see in awhile. We stand around talking, laughing, making wise cracks or running around with the kids. The day may begin with Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, great coffee, and some NY bagels, lox and cream cheese or just a huge pot of coffee . At times  each family member is asked to make a dish over the years,  we’ve found our favorites.

I am never asked to make the turkey…long story. Now that I am the owner of Gift Basket Villas, I bring a basketful of snacks, great while we cook!

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After all the food is cooked and ready to go, we will give everyone an opportunity to tell us what they are thankful for. It’s always great to hear what they have to say or sometimes are too embarrassed to say anything.

Some great thing to talk about on Thanksgiving….did you know:

  • Thanksgiving Holiday Statistics Data
  • Total number of Turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving Day 51,150,000
  • Total U.S. spending on Thanksgiving dinner food $2,875,000,000
  • Average household spending on Thanksgiving dinner $56.18
  • Average household spending on Thanksgiving weekend $312
  • Number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving 39,000,000
  • Average cost per pound of Turkey $1.15

The reason I didn’t know there was a Thanksgiving: I was born outside the US.  I love Thanksgiving almost more than I love other holidays. It’s such a great time to be with friends and family – no expectations except to eat and talk.

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