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bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 19th Nov '06 4:06 PM

THANKSGIVING

Although Thanksgiving is not officially celebrated in Australia (it is not part of our history), I do love the concept. I have celebrated T-Day in the States before, and had a wonderful time.
I see the day as being a time to pause and reflect upon our blessings, and to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones.
Do any of you have some special ways you celebrate the day? I would love to read about your plans, and past T-Days you enjoyed.

~Bev

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 19th Nov '06 10:40 PM

Bev - You are invited any time! Somehow we never have our Thanksgiving on the day - this year it is going to be on Sunday, because that is when more of us can get together. Of course that means that Thursday we are going to a friend's house, and Friday we have a get together on my husband's side of the family. Sunday is our day. And, of course, Thursday we have to watch the Macy's Parade. (Did you take my quiz on it, did ya huh?)

The really easy part of Thanksgiving is that the menu always has to be pretty much the same - tradition demands it. In my house, that means Sweet Potato and Tomato soup, Turkey & stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn spoon bread, some sort of vegetable (that is allowed to vary), potatoes and cranberry muffins. Dessert is whatever anyone brings, along with my famous chocolate-pumpkin-cheesecake bars. This year, Ryan will be able to sit at the table and join us for some turkey.

Our group varies from about 12 to 25 people, depending on who is in the NYC area that particular year. This year we will only be 11 plus the baby. There's plenty of room for you and Jeremiah!

Alice

rev66
Rev66  (Level: 86.4 - Posts: 85)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 9:22 AM

Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake. Sounds great. How about posting the recipe?

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 5:03 PM

Along with the traditional turkey I will have a few brews to honor the Pilgrims who considered beer their official beverage. Maybe I'll have Fosters this year for Bushyfox although I don't think the Pilgrim types had much of that. I have to be careful with the Fosters though, it has a tendency to turn me into a "Superhero" until my wife informs me of my true standing as a a 69 year old, sore knee'd, 230 pound weakling.
One thing I WON'T have this year is "green bean casserole"! Who invented that crap anyway? My wife will probably make it regardless of what I think. Cheers!

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 5:41 PM

Since my husband and I both have to work, we are going to keep it simple. Roast chicken with cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin cake (from a mix).

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 8:44 PM

Bev you are more than welcome to come to spend Thanksgiving at my house...There will be turkey, dressing, ham, corn, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, rolls, tea or cokes...pumpkin pie, million dollar pie, apple pie and a cheese ball. There will also be cranberry sauce for those who like it ( I hate the stuff myself)...mac and cheese, green beans and some other stuff. Afterwards my hubby and his brothers will watch the Detroit Lions get beat! LOL....(I watch too)...
Vickie

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 9:42 PM

Wow, Vickie, sounds like your house is the place to be this thanksgiving!

Can I ask though, as someone from the other side of the pond - what are 'million dollar pie' and a 'cheese ball'?!! I've never heard of the first and all wondered what the second was!

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 10:08 PM

Rev - I posted the recipe for the Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake bars in the Trivial Tangent thread about Thanksgiving recipes. I also posted one for my Corn Spoon Bread. Both are spectacular, and are requested by family and friends many times a year.

Alice

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Mon, 20th Nov '06 10:25 PM

Beryl I sent you the recipe for million dollar pie and for a cheese ball, If anyone else is interested either message me about both or take my quiz on million dollar pie. I wrote a quiz about it!
Vickie

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 21st Nov '06 3:39 PM

Thank you for the Thanksgiving Day invitations, I would love to be with you in person! The food sounds fantabuluous, and the company even better.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and share the blessings.
Cheers!

Bev

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Tue, 21st Nov '06 4:15 PM

Since my little family moved to the other side of the country, I can't really enjoy the traditional dinner at home. I have wonderful friends that include me in theirs. So I help at a soup kitchen, then join my friends.

I did start my own tradition that cheers me immensely:

I light a candle for every person I am thankful for. When I look at my living room all aflame, I know just how lucky I really am. Bev...you have a candle lit for you this year.

Thank you.

oopszeedoo
Oopszeedoo  (Level: 84.9 - Posts: 27)
Tue, 21st Nov '06 8:29 PM

Alice where do I find trivial transet thread.

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Tue, 21st Nov '06 10:38 PM

My family (Mom, Dad, 4 Brothers and 1 sister) all get together and try to out Dis-Functionalize one another...

But seriously, it's the best day for my family as we are all on our best behaviour.

particularlly nice this year is I'm not hosting!

Happy Turkey Day

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 22nd Nov '06 12:04 AM

Things I Am Thankful for:

1) I don't "have" Thanksgiving this year...Hubby's 29+ family members I don't have to cook for, I just get to show up with carrot cake in hand....YIPPEE. Don't ask me about next year....sigh

2) Turkey...criminey I love that dead bird...I wonder why I don't make it more often (oh yea...lot of freakin work).

3) Family...even though they drive me batty, don't you dare say a bad word about them, that's my job.

4) Friends...won't see them this weekend...but they will hold the beer for me till next weekend and we get to call it a "Christmas Party"...second verse, same as the first.

5) Democrats in charge...sry had to.

6) Ya'll...Happy Gobble Gobble day in the US and if you aren't have a nice turkey carcass on Thursday.

Just my 2 cents...





bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 22nd Nov '06 3:05 PM

Things I am thankful for.......

Family and loving friends.
Having my man here in Oz with me.
Having much beauty around me, and some magic in every day.

Having a home.
Having enough to eat.
Having a job.
I am very aware that I am privileged in the above three: so many are hungry, homeless and jobless....I pray for them, and hope that God watches over them.

Thank you to all my caring Sploof-buddies..you are all shining stars!


~Bev


surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 23rd Nov '06 7:47 AM

As an iggerant Brit, what are the bare bones of Thanksgiving?
I know its approx. origins.
But I've heard it's bigger than Christmas in the US - true? In the UK Christmas is our biggest family do.
Is that it - family together & a big turkey meal?
Or do you have any of the Christmas-like accompaniments - decorations, etc.?
Whatever you're up to - ENJOY!

mskillian
Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Thu, 23rd Nov '06 8:54 AM

Alan,

For us, Thanksgiving is about family and food. We don't decorate a whole lot other than having a nice table and centerpiece. I spend quite a bit of time coming up with a menu that is traditional but has a few differences. This year I'm adding leeks and gruyere cheese to the traditional mashed potatoes and I'm bringing some of my southern roots into the mix with a chocolate bourbon pecan pie. This is far from what the original Pilgram/Indian feast included. Oddly enough, two of the items considered synonymous with a Thanksgiving menu Cranberry sauce and Pumpkin pie were no where in site that first Thanksgiving.

My kids are excited about watching the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (if it still happens - wind is bad this year in NYC) and my husband actually has plans to watch football this afternoon (if you knew him, you'd know what an anomaly this is.

But before all that, I get to sit down and enjoy a meal with them and give thanks that we have so many bountiful blessings in our lives. This time last year, I was just recovering from the near drowning death of my son 2 weeks prior, I have so much to be grateful for.



surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 23rd Nov '06 9:49 AM

Much as I thought - many thanks.
But is it bigger than Christmas (as far as mass family get-togethers is concerned)?

A great Thanksgiving to you and yours - and Happy Christmas too, in advance! Someone's gotta be first!


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