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New Family Traditions

16 Sep

Growing up, my parents always did the holiday dinners. My job was to be the helper: setting the table, peeling things, tidying up around the house, etc. Thanksgiving is always held up at the cottage and a few years ago, my mom decided that she no longer had the inclination to haul a turkey and all the accompanying dishes up north, so turkey was out and ham was in.

Now, there’s nothing *wrong* with ham, per se, but it’s just…it’s just not Thanksgiving. So, a couple of years ago, my brother and I took on T-giving duties. My side of the bargain: turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies. My brother does the stuffing and brings dessert; dad does the gravy; and mom’s in charge of cranberries. I was a little nervous makin’ up the bird for the first time, but I think we were all pleased at how it turned out! OK…so I was very proud. I didn’t poison anyone and I didn’t turn the white meat into sawdust! And  I had some fun chasing my brother around the cottage, threatening him with the turkey neck…

So, this year, there will be an herb-crusted turkey. And cornbread stuffing, courtesy of the awesome husband. There will be veggies and salad and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberries and dessert. Most importantly, my family will be around the dinner table teasing each other, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. For all of this, there is much to be thankful.

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