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.
This has become 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.
I remember getting together at my house with the 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!
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.
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.