Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Traditions

I love Thanksgiving time. It is truly a burden (having to prepare all that food, especially when you have to do it alone) but more of a joy that makes that burden worth it. It's one of the few times I take to prepare such a huge meal. I'd like to share with you three traditions of mine.

1. Starting the night before. My mom would always start with the turkey and the ham the night before Thanksgiving. She would also prep some of the sides along with us girls. Deserts and pies would normally be our duty. She would slow roast the turkey and ham over night so that early the next morning it'd be ready to go and we'd have to worry about the sides the day of.

2. The ham. The traditional taste for us would be one of ham that had slices cut through it. We'd stick in cloves, stuff with brown sugar and pour apple cider vinegar over it.

3. Reflecting on the meaning of Thanksgiving. It's a day to reflect on things that are well and that have been well instead of what's wrong and just not going right. A day for family togetherness and other family members drop by and say hi and maybe even grab a few bites of the meal into which you've put time and love.

This post was prompted by this one over at Twittermoms as a result of Target wanting us to take time to reflect on Thanksgiving traditions.