“Aaaahh…Turkey Day! About as American a Tradition can get.”
MUNDANE? YES! But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how You can break the monotony…
It’s been years of freshly baked pumpkin pie for me.
Perfectly Smashed Potatoes (WARNING: we have a designated family “potato smasher” for this – PLEASE, smash potatoes responsibly), Gravy, Sweet Tamales…
Yes. Maybe not 100% traditional, but it works.
Let’s see, stuffing, and then…
The Aromatic Rock Star of the night positions itself next to me.
A perfectly browned Turkey – makings its 1st appearance. Granted, conversation is pretty general leading up to and during dinner…BUT – once we’re done stuffing ourselves, the real magic happens.
You see, at the conclusion of dinner, each person at our table takes a turn to stand up (Apple Cider glass in hand) and have a Gratitude Moment.
Not a rushed moment, not a fake moment. I’m talking about a Real Moment where we share WHAT and WHO we are grateful for – including any crummy setbacks during the year. Sort of like a trust fall that we each take. The more honest and authentic we get to be, the bigger the risk.
By the time each person’s done, something funny happens. For that brief moment, the busyness of lifeis gone. The walls have come down because we know each others challenges…our triumphs…and even the people we miss that are no longer at the table.
For me, I get to share with my family, friends and guests (some I may not have seen in a while) how grateful I am that they are a part of my life.
Who said Tradition had to be mundane?
That’s my tradition.
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