Thankful for What?

Thanksgiving. To me, it is a time of being with family, stuffing your faces with delicious food, and taking time to reflect on what you are thankful for. I am incredibly lucky, and have a lot to be thankful for. I have a great family, awesome friends, and a wonderful boyfriend. I also have a great life I’m thankful for. I get to go to school, college, and I have a place to live. But not only am I thankful for those things in my life, I am thankful for the traditions and the sense of comfort and familiarity Thanksgiving brings me. I do the same thing each year, and I love it. Knowing that I get to take a break from the craziness that is life and just spend time with family brings me so much peace. I just want to reflect and share my traditions with you, so you can see why I love it so much.

It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and we always go over to my Grandma Etna’s house to eat a thanksgiving “lunch” before the traditional thanksgiving day . When you walk in, you hear the bustling of everyone moving around and the whirling of a mixer. Everyone helps make the food; we are putting food in bowls, making the rolls, or helping my grandma peel potatoes. Once the food is done, we all say grace and sit down to eat. Almost instantaneously the whole room fills with laughter as we talk and commentate on whatever football game is on. After we are done eating, we all help do the dishes then we sit lethargically by the warm fireplace, trying not to fall asleep. Usually about an hour later, my grandma calls us in to trace our hand turkey’s on the table cloth. We make hand turkeys every year we have to put our initials and the year on the turkey. After we do that, it starts to get late, we usually start a puzzle and say our goodbyes for the night as we leave to go home.

It is thanksgiving day, and I always wake up late, maybe around ten o’clock. My mom and dad are already up, making a light breakfast since they know how much food we are going to have later. The TV is already on, preparing for the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. My family and I always watch it while we are getting ready. But before I get ready, my sister and I always get in our hot tub, it is tradition. We relax, gossip, and talk about life. When we are all ready, we go over to my Grandma Becky’s house around one in the afternoon. My grandma likes to do the cooking her way, so new do not usually help. We continue watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, until food is done. My grandma calls us over and we gather around the old brown table. We laugh at the butter shaped like a turkey my mom always gets, and we say grace and eat. After we get done eating, we always try to Skype my mom’s brother, my aunt and my cousin that live in San Antonio. With my uncle being busy in the Air force, and them being miles and miles away, it is so nice to talk to them and see them. Later into the night, we play games like Apples to Apples and even Euchre before we leave.

The only thing I want to close with is “be grateful”. Too many times we forget how lucky we are to have a family, to have a home, or to even have a thanksgiving dinner. There are people out there that do not get to experience what you do. So on Thanksgiving, count your blessings, and cherish as much time with your loved ones as possible.

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