this is the way we do thanksgiving

…and longtime readers, you already know of my family’s (un)usual thanksgiving traditions as seen in the 2010 and 2011 celebration recaps!

to kick off the afternoon, i took my usual thanks giving walk. yesterday, i almost got rained upon!

these beautiful pots are aligning my street right now. thanks, city of waterloo!

gorgeous red tones, here…

brrr….glad i was wearing my mittens and winter jacket!

around 4pm, we all gathered at mom and dad’s. i walked next door!


dad and mom/our host and hostess!

sharon and paul (mom’s brother), the empty-nesters!

cousin kate! (who is embarking on more exotic world travel in the new year!)

cousin joel! (who is now back from korea and in teacher’s college!)

cousin alex! (who is in first year university, studying civil engineering!)

yours truly!

sil ana and cutie c! (who is ready with her xmas list!)

the brother and little e (who is in her favourite chair at g’ma and g’pa’s!)

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:

my copies!

[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):

pizza!! (waterloo-ites, these pies were from “gourmet pizza” in uptown)

chicken wings (from “the huether”)

this is the best menu – no fuss, minimal dishes, maximum enjoyment for all ages.


mom’s homemade apple pie…

…and mom’s homemade apple crisp ->both rate an A+!

and no blog post would be complete without the traditional family-around-the-table pic!

let’s enjoy our feast!

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!!

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  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On October 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! I could go for pizza on Thanksgiving…wouldn’t mind that at all! It’s always hard the first holiday when someone is missing. Doesn’t get easier, but the first is the hardest. Hugs to you, Cathy.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

      fran, thank you for your lovely comment. pizza works so well for us for thanksgiving…although no one wants to mess with our turkey dinner at christmas!! then, we stick to tradition!

  • The Orchard  On October 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Your dinner is so simple! Great idea and then everyone gets to relax!

    We were at the parade and we put the kids in their snow suits! It was chilly but lovely!

    Did you go, too? πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 9, 2012 at 5:47 am

      good call with the snowsuits, tricia! the sunshine was gorgeous, but it was chilly! i did not go this year…maybe next year?!

  • Zo  On October 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Tons of pizza and two kinds of apple desserts? I love your family!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On October 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Cath! Pizza is an awesome Thanksgiving tradition! So nice to have the fam together too. We don’t get that now that we moved 😦

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      thanks, stacie! we have the most spectacular day here – so perfect for a holiday! will you see family at xmas, maybe?! i hope so!…

  • Stephanie  On October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! This is the second year in a row that we’ve been in NS for Thanksgiving. It really isn’t the same without family! We went to a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant and ordered their turkey dinner. It was good…but not the same. I love your “traditional” meal!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

      thanks, stephanie, and happy thanksgiving to you, too! i’m glad you still got turkey dinner…and i hope you were able to be in touch with family via email/phone/skype/text – something!

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