Thanksgiving: Traditions New and Old

Thursday was Thanksgiving in America. My family traditions have changed many times throughout the years. We used to all join my grandparents at their house, and my grandmother made everything. It got to be a large stress for her though, so my aunt took over at her house once it was built. Soon after, though, things changed again. My uncle and his family decided to host Thanksgiving for his wife’s family, or they would join her parents. My parents and siblings decided we wanted to go to the movies on Thanksgiving. And then a few years ago my mom decided she wanted Thanskgiving to be a small affair at our house, with just the five – or six or seven – of us. Instead of having to wait until later to eat (like two or three) we can have our delicious meal whenever we want it (usually noon). This gives us plenty of time to relax and get to a movie without rushing. And by the time we get home, voila! It’s time to eat leftover turkey soup!

This year dinner was the most delicious we’ve had in years. My mom cooked the turkey in this baking bag or something. When dad went to cut the turkey, it literally fell off the bones! It was so tender and delicious; even the leftovers are yummy! We had potatoes and yams, squash and stuffing. There were rolls on the table and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. Sadly, a few of my favorite foods were missing: sweet potatoes, cranberry¬† sauce, and… turnips. I love mashed turnips but we didn’t have them this year. It was too much for mom to make all those other things, but I survived.

We ate around noon and went to the movies for 2:30. The Muppets was an incredible movie! I grew up watching their other movies and the show, and I am so happy to see them on the screen again! The movie was corny, hilarious, and full of good messages. There were parts that broke my heart and others that made me giddy. I hope that this movie is the start of the Muppets returning to our TV screens each week! This new generation knows so little – if anything! – about the Muppets, as evidenced by Selena Gomez in the film commenting that she had no idea who they were, but her agent told her to be there. (Clearly she must know off them, but she is a representation of a younger generation who did not grow up with them like I did.)

Turkey soup when we got home was good and I gorged myself on it and pumpkin pie. Naps were a must with my entire family. My sister later that night went shopping while I did my gift buying online. My parents did go out on Black Friday – bless them, I wouldn’t¬† – and I finished my shopping today.

Now I just need to wrap it all…

What are you most thankful for? I am thankful I have good health, that my family is together on the holidays and that they are all relatively healthy. I am thankful for my friends who have stuck by me in good times and in bad. I am thankful for my cat, Scout, who loves me unconditionally. I am thankful for Bold Strokes Books and their decision to publish Andy Squared in 2012. I appreciate everyone who works at the company, including the president of the company, the editors and cover artists and everyone in between for their help and kind words. And finally, I am thankful for everyone who will eventually pick up the book and enjoy it!