Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Tomorrow!

Did your Thanksgiving table ever look like this??
Thanksgiving is nearly over, Thanks Be to God!  Although it is just a stop-gap in the days between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving should be a time of family.

Memories of a frantic kitchen with Moms, Grandmas, and teenage females are made alive by the scents of current day Thanksgiving meals.  Hours and hours from the day before until the table is laden with the delightful turkeys, stuffing/dressing, gravy, mashed/creamed potatoes….so much thought, love, and hard work went into presenting a massive meal.

Memories then were fond and delicious.  Now?  Instead of carefully preparing pies to show pie-making prowess, CostCo and WalMart provide the ready-made varieties.  Let’s be honest here:  their pies are cheaper, labor free (for the consumers), and in some cases, better than the pies cooling on the counters.

Lift a glass to toast the maker of the feast!  With modern providence, family can sit down in the family room and actually enjoy each other.  With aluminum pans, plastic utensils, and heavy duty paper plates, even the clean-up allows for time to laugh, play games, or karaoke with off key singers.


Happy Thanksgiving!  

18 comments:

  1. Ah but there was something special about the time in the kitchen...the women folk bonding...the men safely tucked away out from under foot. Four generations of women folk were in the Thanksgiving kitchen of my youth. In my mind, the food was more beautiful and much much tastier, the candles shone more brightly, the glassware and crystal sparkled just that little bit more. Grace was said and every one of us was thankful for the bounty, for each other, for all the blessings of the year past. While the women cleaned up (many hands makes light work) the men chatted and then everyone gathered around the kitchen table to play cards and talk and laugh. No....I'll take the old way Susan. The time, effort and care that went into making the day special was an important part of the process of giving thanks. To actually touch, manipulate and create with the bounty we had been given with love in our hearts for those we strove to provide for.....you can't get that with paper plates and store bought desserts.

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    1. I too have some very fond memories of the time when every relative within driving distance got together and enjoyed that day. Everything you mentioned made that day special, even the work. But now I am 62, my children live all over the world. My MIL is 88 and still strong, but my husband & I are the elders (I know!).
      I am homesick for those days you described, but all those who created those memories are dead, so it is not the same.
      This T-giving will create new memories, with the same food made by other hands. But we will laugh, tell awful jokes, have the teen-agers do the clean-up.
      I miss my parents, grandparents, etc., for they made T-giving the special memory that it is.

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  2. I still do my own cooking and pie making. With 5 kids they all chip in. It's one of my favorite holidays.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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    1. When my kids were in-house, we did that. Had a great time. Now their rooms have been re-purposed, and our house echoes. It was a good time, but they now have their own families, far away.'What kind of pies?!

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  3. Not a holiday we celebrate - we save it for Christmas. Where I still do all of the cooking and baking. It is an expression of love. And I think that gives it the seasoning which makes it taste better. I hope so.
    And I am currently starting this years batch of Christmas cakes - fourteen I think. Most as gifts. Also an expression of love.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. oooo..Christmas cakes! There is an art to making them well. Do you cover them with marmalade and marzipan, then Royal Icing? I miss that from our time in Ireland. Best of all were the Christmas puddings with hard sauce.

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  4. I hideaway and let all the cooking be done haha

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    1. Probably a wise decision. A kitchen is only so big.

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  5. Those old gatherings were special, weren't they. And now the holiday has its own specialness for the current generation. "Remember those yummy punkin pies from Costco?"

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    1. We get to hold onto our special memories and we can try to convey them to the next relatives coming up. You are right! Those were our memories, and it is up to the young adults now to create their own. That is comforting to me.

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  6. I do love plastic utensils and heavy duty paper plates! And paper napkins!

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    1. The throw-aways are made so well now.

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  7. With kids scattered into their arts, their futures, their world, wife and I --for the first time in 45 years-- will join old friends at a restaurant tomorrow instead of dining in. Times change. Good thing too!

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    1. Times change, and moving along with them is much easier than fighting them. Esp. at T-Giving.

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  8. Thanksgiving's my favorite. Good food and good company: that's all I need.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!