The passing of Halloween is always something to look forward too. It means that we are officially getting closer to Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. The reason that I feel so strongly about it is for a bounty of reasons that may sound silly, but are ones that I am thankful for. Therefore, I thought to share 11 reasons why Thanksgiving excites me and should excite you as well.
Thanksgiving is a day that you get to spend with family, not just the immediate family but your entire clan if you are fortunate enough to have one. What I love is seeing everyone together that can be there instead of stuck to their job and catching up over an elaborate turkey dinner with all the trimmings, especially with those that travel far to celebrate with us together.
What else about Thanksgiving that excites me is getting to bake more than I usually bake just for the occasion. Usually, this period after Halloween is the time that I start experimenting with new recipes to test before adding them to the menu. My family loves it because they judge the pies and cakes they prefer for this year’s Thanksgiving.
In our family, Thanksgiving cooking detail is rotated to homes of different family members instead of falling on one of us to do all the cooking and cleaning. One year, one of us will prepare the turkey. Another family member will be on baking fresh breads and rolls. Still, another one of us will be tackling salads. Someone else is in charge of vegetables. This year, I am in charge of cakes and pies to bring. Cooking for a crowd as well as cleaning up later this way is easier for everyone so we can better enjoy the day as a family, which I am thankful for.
Thanksgiving also is a day that you don’t have to feel guilty about overindulging and calories like extra dessert and a glorious mound of the stuffing. You have plenty enough time to worry about what you ate the day after. My feeling is just to eat less the next day and enjoy Thanksgiving savoring every fattening bite. This is another reason Thanksgiving excites me.
Another reason why Thanksgiving excites me is that we get to watch several parades with those gorgeous floats to some serious football.
The smells alone on Thanksgiving are enough to make a mouth water like a roasting turkey as it cooks to perfection and permeates through the house when you put it in the oven early in the morning. This is still another reason you have to be thankful for Thanksgiving.
If you don’t usually drink, Thanksgiving gives you the perfect opportunity to indulge with a few glasses of a new wine or two while chatting away.
Another reason why Thanksgiving excites me and should excite you as well is all the kids get grouped together at their own table to eat and then play while the adults eat and talk together.
Some people hate to eat leftovers. However, I am not one of them. When I cook a turkey, I always try to buy the biggest one that can wedge into my oven. This way if I have leftovers, I also have less work whipping up a turkey casserole, turkey filled crepes, hot turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pies, etc. Believe it or not, I have friends that mentioned they never would eat leftovers. Ha, ha. These same friends love to buy pot pie when they dine out. What in the world do they think they are eating when a restaurant made pot pie? Restaurant use leftovers creatively to invent fresh dishes if they hope to stay in business.
If you suffer from things growing outside and common allergy offenders such as ragweed, I am always thankful that by Thanksgiving the first frost has come to my rescue to kill and stop producing their pollen.
Finally, Thanksgiving always excites me because it means Christmas is that much sooner! How do you feel about Thanksgiving?