Wow! Another year has past already and it is time again for Thanksgiving. Time for food, family, laughter and fun. When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was not just about family though, it was also about friends. My parents would invite all of their friends over that did not have any family to spend the holiday with so that they were not alone for the holiday. I always thought that was such a nice thing to do. Now that I am grown and live away from my family, I try to do the same.
Two weeks before Thanksgiving, my husband, roommate and I make a list and start calling all of our friends that are not able to see their families for Thanksgiving and invite them over to our house. On Thanksgiving morning, my roommate and I get up super early and make coffee, put on the parade for the kids, and start cooking. My roommate has 2 little girls who have decided they love to cook so our menu always includes the “Made by the Girls” dishes. These are my favorites because these little girls have amazing imaginations and nothing they ever makes tastes bad. One of the girls like to make this pumpkin eggnog pie that she created and it is so good. The other one makes what we call carrot pineapple surprise that looks a little funny, but tastes great. Then everyone who comes over brings something as well which makes it all the better.
The Guys hangout and tinker with the cars or watch football while the ladies cook and carry on about what is going on in our lives. We try and make everything a little different each year so that nobody can say “awww not that again” (except for my garlic mashed potatoes, they are my husbands favorite and so they never change!). Once we have cooked all the food and the turkey timer has popped, the guys set up the tables and the kids set the tables and we all sit down and talk about what happened that year that we are thankful for. Then my husbands cuts the turkey and the feast officially begins! Everyone stuffs their faces and great conversations are had by all. It is a day full of smiles and laughter and togetherness. It is one of my favorite times of year. Here are some fun facts about this day to get you in the festive mood.
Thanksgiving Fun Facts:
– In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations
– 20% of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.
– Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
– The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers
– Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States