As you probably know by now, I LOVE Thanksgiving especially the traditions. Most of my family is from North Carolina and they make the 14 hour trek to Tennessee to enjoy Thanksgiving with us. Since we typically only see our family once a year, we have a great time catching up. Over the years we have developed quite a few Thanksgiving traditions.
Preparing for Thanksgiving
My dad is a Whole Foods fanatic. It is rather funny to see my very country dad sipping on a green juice looking at quinoa and organic turkeys. When I was in college, he would pick me up from the airport in Nashville (about an hour away from my parent’s home) and we would take a detour to pick up organic goodies for Thanksgiving. We have kept this tradition alive and normally shop for groceries the Monday of Thanksgiving week. The night before Thanksgiving, my cousins and I enjoy a pre celebration at the family farm, which typically leads to mischief!
On the morning of Thanksgiving, we have coffee and breakfast early in the morning with yummy treats such as pumpkin roll, ham & cheese breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and breakfast casserole. I am considering baking these pumpkin biscuits this year! No Thanksgiving morning is complete without mimosas of course, even my grandmother will get in on the action.
My mom and I usually cook Thanksgiving dinner together. I love this time to bond with her and do one of my favorite activities, cooking! If our timing works out we enjoy our meal in the early afternoon, giving the men of the family plenty of time to watch football. When we were younger to keep us occupied while dinner was being cooked, we made turkey cookies (similar recipe here). However, even though we are all in college or post college now we still ask to make these cookies every year.
We invite anyone in our neighborhood that does not have family close by to also join in. For a couple of years our neighbors, who are British, joined in on what they referred to as “traitor’s day”. My family hosts dinner at our family farm and the scenery is just perfect for the occasion. Before we dive into the delicious meal, we take a moment to go around the table and say what we are thankful for. Each year I find this part of the day to be difficult. It is hard to narrow down just one thing I am thankful for when there are so many reasons to be thankful.
All my family members usually dress up for Thanksgiving dinner and then immediately change into sweatpants. Once the food coma sets in, its nap time city! My mom and I will start putting up Christmas decorations, which can be quite a feat since she has four full size Christmas trees. I have never met anyone who loves the holidays more!
I would love to hear from you, what are your family’s Thanksgiving traditions?