For our Thanksgiving, we host a sit down dinner for around 40 people – going on for more than 35 years now.
Family and Friends usually bring a dish that they want to share.
Everyone is welcome – friends, friends of friends, family, and wayward people alike. Again, everyone is welcomed.
My sons are 24 to 31 years old and have grown up looking forward to this every year. It shows them that they have family. Even when people have issues, they can still break bread around the table.
Some family and friends drive almost 3 hours to make our Thanksgiving dinner. People arrive beginning at 9 am and the last family usually leaves around 11 pm.
Our middle son, who is a chef, makes a special trip to fly back from wherever he is living to be part of the family celebration and sharing.
We make it a point that whoever comes, drops their ‘baggage’ at the door, and for the next few hours, everyone can be warm, caring and compassionate. Sometimes their ‘baggage’ magically evaporates by the time they leave.
At dinnertime, we always give thanks to God and look forward to gathering around the dinner table after dessert and singing Christmas carols, as a way to get two holidays into one celebration.
My special tradition is making deep-fried cauliflower fritters in a turkey fryer in the backyard. It seems that the guys always come outside to ‘taste test’ the fritters (rain or shine), while the younger kids run around the backyard with our dog. I’ve now handed over this tradition to our youngest and he takes his responsibility very seriously.
Thinking of the glorious desserts and my thoughts immediately go to my wife. She makes the best pecan pie this side of the Rockies, or anywhere else for that matter! And that is in addition to the other 8-10 pies that she bakes each Thanksgiving (Apple, Dutch Apple, Apple Crumb, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry, Cherry, Pumpkin, Coconut Custard, etc.) Everyone waits anxiously for coffee, tea and dessert time to roll around.
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and delicious Thanksgiving holiday!