Thanksgiving is next week, so I thought it was time to talk about our plans for Thanksgiving. We will be only having family this year, and the ones who will be coming we see regularly. Some people have a 'covid' circle and we've done this with our family from the beginning.
We will only be 12 at the table this year, as our married daughters will all be with their inlaws this Thanksgiving. We have invited my niece, as well.
I want to say that I think holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving should be celebrated even if we are alone on those holidays. Remember the famous words of Scrooge,
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. ''
I think this goes for Thanksgiving as well. It is the spirit of the holiday that we are celebrating. Being Thankful and remembering God's goodness to us.
So I encourage you to set your table with your best dishes, buy some sparkling grape juice or wine, and celebrate!
Here are some tables I've set over the last few years
The most important thing I love to share is my tried and true tip for a stress free Thanksgiving - slow roast your bird overnight! Here is a link to my post about how to do it.
People all over the country cook their turkey this way, and I hear from them every year about how great their turkeys turn out! The key is to cook your bird three times as long as you would on normal heat. Follow the link for all the details!
I learned this tip from Emilie Barnes in her book on traditions -
When I was looking for the photos of my tables I came across this hymn my friend Jane had shared with me and I thought it was such a great reminder -
- In heav’nly love abiding,No change my heart shall fear;And safe is such confiding,For nothing changes here.The storm may roar without me,My heart may low be laid,But God is round about me,And can I be dismayed?
- Wherever He may guide me,No want shall turn me back;My Shepherd is beside me,And nothing can I lack.His wisdom ever waketh,His sight is never dim;He knows the way He taketh,And I will walk with Him.
- Green pastures are before me,Which yet I have not seen;Bright skies will soon be o’er me,Where darkest clouds have been.My hope I cannot measure,My path to life is free;My Savior has my treasure,And He will walk with me.