to kick off the afternoon, i took my usual thanks giving walk. yesterday, i almost got rained upon!
around 4pm, we all gathered at mom and dad’s. i walked next door!
the first order of business: CHRISTMAS LISTS!!!! we all go around, youngest to oldest, and pass out copies/share/explain our prepared xmas lists of gift ideas:
[i did promise the family that my 100 item list from last year was a once-in-a-lifetime happening!]. i am excited to get out shopping!!!
pretty soon thereafter…food time! here’s our traditional menu (and i neglected to photo the chips and homemade cream cheese salsa dish):
this is the best menu – no fuss, minimal dishes, maximum enjoyment for all ages.
and no blog post would be complete without the traditional family-around-the-table pic!
we had such a fun time! everyone in my family has a really good sense of humour, and the wisecracks and jokes that get tossed about during christmas list time really make me laugh. this year, we also seemed to have lots of time for relaxed visiting and conversation…it was a really great get-together!
(i missed seeing grandma from her usual spots, smiling on from the couch and at the table).
i always am thankful for being with my family at thanksgiving. my third year of university, when i was in chicoutimi, i was away from home for the first time over a holiday. four of us girls went out to st hubert (the quebec version of swiss chalet) for our “thanksgiving dinner,” and while we had a good time, i was quite homesick for my family that year (giving your xmas list over the phone just does not cut it). it really is family togetherness that makes a holiday extra special.
happy thanksgiving monday! if you are going to the parade, my local friends, bundle up!!