I love spending holidays with my husband’s family. They live nearby and so we’re able to share almost every Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween, etc with them.
Because my family is so spread out, we spend far fewer holidays together. I was raised in California. My parents and one of my sisters still live in my hometown. I live in Dallas and my other sister lives in Houston. We’re all busy, and working, and have several kids, and groan at the expense of air travel. It’s difficult to get all of us to the same place at the same time, and thus, it was especially wonderful that we were ALL together for Thanksgiving this year.
The last time my side of the family gathered for Thanksgiving, seven years ago, the grandchildren looked liked this:
Here’s a shot of my parents and my sisters and me:
The above family of five has grown to a family of eighteen:
Yep, this is the best group shot we managed. The little girl on the top right was crying (when you’re five there are lots of reasons to cry) and, as you can see, some of us did better at pretending not to hear the crying than others.
For our Thanksgiving celebration, we hit all the traditional notes.
My brothers in law carved the turkey…
We cooked the dishes Thanksgiving is known for….
We were already full but consumed dessert anyway. The highlight was the apple pie that my mom makes the same way that her mom made it.
Oh, and we had napping men in front of football games. Because really, what Thanksgiving would be complete or legit without this scene…
Thanksgiving is certainly enhanced by the food we look forward to eating just once a year. But I was reminded on this rare Thanksgiving when I was surrounded by my family, that Thanksgiving is made best and richest and fullest by people. Today, my heart feels full. Sometimes the effort and money involved to see far-flung family is effort and money very well spent.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. -Psalm 100
Where did you spend Thanksgiving this year? What moment of the day will stand out in your memory?