It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the USA… It’s my favorite family holiday!
Growing up in a family where biblically based holidays such as Christmas and Easter were more tension than happiness, it became easy to focus on and love Thanksgiving. My sister’s family belonged to a church that didn’t celebrate Christmas or Easter so getting together was typically not a family event and being the family wasn’t all there I could always feel a touch of bitterness with the family that was there. I had an awesome childhood minus all the religious frustrations…
My sister’s family did acknowledge Thanksgiving though so it was the one holiday that we could all agree on…and everyone came. Oh what a lot of us there were.
Many people when they think of Thanksgiving meals….their mind goes to this…
No way…not for us. There were plates…they didn’t match though. At the time with five kids in the family and a number of them married, with kids, there was no table big enough for us all. There was no passing of plates. We ALWAYS had a buffet style feeding where all the dishes went in one spot and we walked through a line to dish up our plates.
The grown ups ate at the dining room table. Us younger kids headed to the basement with our plates.
I am the youngest of the siblings. My sister is the oldest at 16 years older than me. Our three brothers are in between. I was much closer in age to my nieces and nephews so I didn’t hang out with the grown ups. That was okay with me….I loved the kids…We always had so much fun.
After my parents passed away, we don’t really do Christmas or Thanksgiving anymore together. We all have our own families with our own grandchildren. Together there is 54-ish great-grandchildren with 3 more on the way. It’s too many to fit in a house anymore so we all opt to do things with our own immediate families. It’s something I love and hate at the same time. I’m sure some of you can relate.
Today most everyone is expected to be home at our house. Jason will be later because of farm chores….Buck with have the kids by himself. Lora works at Best Buy as a manager and can never be here for Thanksgiving…Kalissa has to leave early to work. The small hospital that she works at is short of nurses with no budget to add to the staff so she’s working overtime and not on her holiday. UGH. She was bummed about that. Like me, she’s a big time Thanksgiving girl. So we’re eating early…11am-ish so she can be here.
As a kid, I always loved it as our big house grew smaller and smaller as more families arrived. I love it even more as an adult. Few things can ever beat the days the kids are home!! It’s fun to think that at least two more will be our table next year.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Kramer house to yours…..I am thankful for all of you who have become a part of my extended family. May your day we filled with happiness too.