It's almost Thanksgiving, (literally!) and it's the beginning of the buying frenzy for Christmas. I am one who enjoys the less commercial part of this time of year and probably disappoint those who receive gifts from me because I buy books and knit or crochet something special as an added gift. I expect nothing in return, because I honestly need for nothing.
I like the Holidays to simply be a time of reflection, and of course a time to be with family. No fancy dinners here. We're having a picnic type of meal for Thanksgiving this year. We will dine on turkey buns, potato salad, chips, and splurged a bit on the dessert by baking pumpkin pies (with store bought crusts as I did not want to go crazy creating anything).
In past years I spent so much time making the typical Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners only to realize that the spent together was the most important part of the Holidays for us. It wasn't the meals that were the center of the memories for the day but rather the conversations and laughter that permeated the day's festivities. When I realized that fact I pared down the days events and foods to the bare minimum. The important things are still included. The turkey and pies are there, and once in a while someone brings a green bean casserole too.
What is truly meaningful about Thanksgiving and Christmas is being with those we love and sharing a meal. The snow is suppose to start tomorrow here too bringing with it the first signs of the winter. It will start us all wondering aloud as to what the weather will be like and how much snow we'll get during this winter here in Michigan. And of course there will be the ever present Lion's football game on Thanksgiving. (Which of course is usually lost to whatever team they play.)
We share the day and remember those who aren't with us anymore sometimes, and remember how much we miss them. The memories are tossed about and digested almost as much as the food we share. We always learn something new and sometimes a funny story about one of the relatives too. Family is about that. We all like the simple way to celebrate. It is after all about the memories we make during the Holidays that makes them the special events we anticipate all year long. That's always what we remember anyways...not the fancy sweet potato soufflé, or the present that was, "so special," that one year. It is truly the smiles, laughter, and love we share that makes the Holidays special, and it's always been that way.