Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. I mean don’t get me wrong I love decorating for Christmas but the traditions my family had instilled an unconditional love for Thanksgiving in me. Thanksgiving to me is all about being thankful for one another, enjoying the company around you, and reflecting in all the wonderful things in your life.
Traditions. Thanksgiving has shown me the importance of family traditions. I am from Phoenix Arizona and every year since I can remember my family and I would head up to a Sedona Arizona. My sisters and cousins and I would get signed out from school early to head up to Sedona. Even though it was only a few hours before the bell I always felt so cool.
Upon arrival, we would all unpack and get some warmer clothes on. We would all walk down to the creek to enjoy the fall leaves. Our favorite thing to do was to travel up and down the creek by jumping rock to rock. Just laughing and trying to navigate our way without getting wet. After we would go back to the cabin and enjoy hot chocolate with EXTRA marshmallows. Followed by plenty of board games and movies
The day before Thanksgiving included lots of meal prep for the big meal we had ahead of us! We also would hike, head into town, and enjoy one another company. For dinner the night before Thanksgiving we always had homemade pasta and meatballs! After we all would sit down and play some card games! There was no service where we stayed so it was nice to not have any electronics or phones to distract us!
Thanksgiving Morning – As we all started to wake up we would sit and watch the Thanksgiving parade while my mom started the big Thanksgiving meal. After we would all go on a short Thanksgiving hike. During our hike is where we got most of our family photos for our Christmas cards. Once our hike was over my sisters, cousins, and I would head into town for a Thanksgiving coffee and some cell reception to send out our Thanksgiving text messages to our friends.
Thanksgiving Afternoon– Once we got back from town the smell of turkey was in the air. Appetizers were ready as we watched some football and enjoyed the creek a little bit more. Once it was time for the meal everyone lined up to get some food! Once everyone got their food we all went around the table saying one thing that we were thankful for before eating.
Every year we had- Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Marshmallows, White Mashed Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Stuffing (some from in the bird and some not), Gelatin Mold (sounds gross but its AMAZING), Green beans, Rolls, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and of course TURKEY.
*Sometimes we would make a casserole but not every year.
Dessert – Pie ( Peach, Pecan, Cherry, Pumpkin), and Ice cream
Thanksgiving night- We all would sit together and watch Christmas movies while eating some leftovers (Our famous Thanksgiving sandwiches). Another huge part of Thanksgiving night was making homemade Christmas cookies. We would roll out the dough and cut the cookies out in various shapes and decorate them after decorating cookies most of us fell asleep watching more Christmas movies.
The day after Thanksgiving we always went into town for a little shopping but most importantly a morning Starbucks and why I say most important is because we would all get our first-holiday drink. We all would wait until the day after thanksgiving to get one of the Starbucks holiday drinks! After a long day of shopping, eating leftovers, and relaxing prepared us for that night. Every year we would attempt a polar bear dip in the creek every year it varied on who participated but it was always a great way to end our trip.
Thanksgiving will forever hold a special place in my heart as my sisters and I have gotten older our traditions have shifted but these memories have instilled the desire to create new one and hold onto my past traditions. Happy holiday. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Wish I had more digital photos to share. I will have to go through some photo albums!