I’m sure many of you are getting ready for the holiday, either shopping, cooking and cleaning, or battling crowds on the road or at the airport. I’m wishing you a joyful holiday full of gratitude, good eats, and far more happy than stressful family moments.
This year our Thanksgiving will be especially sweet with a touch of bitter. We are traveling to New York to help my husband Andrew’s mother celebrate a big birthday. Part of her celebratory birthday vision includes all of us preparing the holiday meal together, which may present a few logistical challenges for the seven of us in her one bedroom New York apartment.
But we will embrace the experience and try to stay in good humor as we jostle the turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing around each other. Each year we have to remind ourselves to savor the meal slowly, since we put so much effort into making it. Plus that gives us a longer respite before we have to get back up and tackle the dishes…
Our son Solomon is a freshman in college and will be meeting us in New York for the holiday. However, our 16-year-old daughter Celia is studying in Israel for the semester and won’t be able to make the trip, so this will be our first Thanksgiving without all of us together (thus the touch of bitterness). Maybe she and her schoolmates will have some sort of unique ex-patriot celebration tomorrow to soothe their sorrows about missing their families during the holiday. We hope that next year we can all be together.
Thanksgiving is really the mother of all family dinners. With so many participants, expectations, and recipes being prepared, it’s almost inevitable that not everything will go as planned.
If you have any particularly disastrous or delightful Thanksgiving moments from this year or years past, I hope you’ll share them in the comments below.
I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.