Thanksgiving Ramblings 2015

This post was originally published on the Romance Bandits blog, a writer lair inhabited by various unusual beings.

Well, delicious aromas are wafting from the Lair kitchen.  The cabana boys have the table set, and the gladiators and hockey hunks are hauling the Christmas decorations down from the attic.  Meanwhile, the banditas have scattered to spend the day in our own ways.

For me, Thanksgiving and Christmas are about family and friends.  This year fits that pattern. The boy is home from school, and some friends are joining us for dinner this evening.

Barcelona_LSF3Last year was different, though.  Last year, the boy was studying in Barcelona, Spain, where there is no Thanksgiving break. He wasn’t going to be able to come home. The dh had research he needed to do there, however, along with a grant to subsidize his travel, so he opted for taking his research trip during our Thanksgiving holiday. We flew to Barcelona and spent the holiday with our boy.

Here are my guys enjoying Antoni Gaudi’s magnificent (and yet unfinished) cathedral, La Sagrada Familia. Way back behind them is the altar.  Until we took this trip, I had no idea the dh had wanted to see this church as much as I wanted to see Westminster Hall.  Watching him marvel at it was one of the highlights of my holiday.

Barcelona_TvgDessertThe biggest thing for him and me, of course, was spending time with the boy, whom we hadn’t seen since September.  He’d checked with some of his professors about restaurants and found a nice one for us to have our Thanksgiving meal.  Turkey, naturally, was not on the menu.  I had yummy bluefish risotto and this really fabulous apple tart with cinnamon ice cream.  That’s the most un-traditional Thanksgiving dinner I’ve ever had.

All of us look back fondly on spending that holiday together.  And just by the way, those are wing-to-wing TIE fighters on the boy’s shirt in the photo above. *g*

We had a great time, but I wouldn’t want to be away every holiday.  I know people, though, who head out every year to some interesting place.  They don’t have large families, and they welcome the chance to take a break.

Barcelona_LSF1Holidays are a time for remembering, too.  A time for thinking of people who’re no longer with us and places we’ve left behind and the good things that happened around them.  My family had 17 to Thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up–my grandfather, my mom’s siblings and their families, and our family.  I loved those big gatherings, but I also enjoy our small, low-key celebrations.

We’ve reached the stage in life now where our friends’ parents are passing away and, unfortunately, so are some of our friends.  Losing people makes us conscious of the parts of our lives they took with them and of how much the people who are still with us mean.  Today we’ll be grateful for all them, those who’re with us and those who used to be.

And of course there will be football.  I’ve heard mutterings from the guys in the Lair about the Green Bay Packers, but our family team is the Carolina Panthers, who play the Cowboys this afternoon. I figure I’ll probably have to go home to watch that since none of the Lair’s resident guys will likely vote for it.

The dragon is happily snoozing in her cave, and the Golden Rooster is, for once, making trouble elsewhere.  I’m sure he’ll be back in time for dinner, though.

Is Thanksgiving a holiday where you are? How do you like to spend your holidays, and has there been one that breaks your usual pattern? Are you watching any sports competition today?

Don’t forget, we’re hanging out here again tomorrow.  We’ll share shopping adventures, shopping aversion (that would be my style) and thoughts on the rest of the year. 

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Nov 26 2015, 12:22 am in , , 19 Comments


19 responses to “Thanksgiving Ramblings 2015”

  1. flchen1 says:

    Ah, we do celebrate Thanksgiving, and it’s a favorite of ours because we do love eating with the people we love 😉

    I don’t recall taking a big trip yet around Thanksgiving, but my parents have on occasion now that they’ve retired. We just celebrated whenever they returned instead 🙂

    And as DH is a football fan, I’m sure we’ll be watching some sports at some point. The convenient thing about TV these days is that you aren’t necessarily bound to watch it exactly when it’s broadcast–that’s a big change from when I was a kid 😉

    Wishing you and everyone a very happy day, whether it’s celebrating Thanksgiving or just another great day in November!

    • Fedora, thanks! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, and congrats on snagging the GR! I hope he’ll behave, seeing as it’s a holiday.

      Delayed viewing is a great boon. I also remember when it wasn’t an option. Nor was getting a phone call in the car.

  2. Ki says:

    How great to spend the holiday abroad! And yes we celebrate. We usually go to a relative’s and bring a hot pot to share but we’ve planned this year to do our own mini one. Of course we’ll still go food hop at relatives but it’s nice to have our own family turkey too.

    And no sports for me, I’ll be too busy.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks, Ki, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! It’s nice to spend holidays in one’s own place. The big family celebrations of my childhood dropped as when we kids went away to school and then wanted to spend our vacations at home.

  3. helensibbritt says:

    Hi Nancy

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

    As I have said before this is a holiday that we should celebrate here in Australia as well actually all over the world especially now we should be grateful for what we have and our friends and family 🙂

    For me Christmas is a time for families and we will make the trip up the coast this year to my sisters although these days not all of my children will be there as they had in laws to visit and one of mu daughters lives a fair distance now

    Enjoy everybody 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Thank you, Helen! You make a good point about being grateful, even without a special day for it. Life can be so hectic that we sometimes forget to focus on the moment at hand.

      Your Christmas trip sounds great. Does going up the coast involve a beach?

  4. Caren Crane says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! We only travel to Charlotte, so not too far. Never have taken a big trip at Thanksgiving, only car trips to visit family. Looking forward to seeing all my family and eating awesome food!

    I’m also glad today is the release date for the FORGET ME NOT anthology! All the proceeds will be donated to fighting dementia in its varied forms. Since the garden variety runs in my family, I was happy to write a story for this! Links to most sellers are on my website. I hope everyone will grab a copy. Happy turkey feasting! 🙂

    • Caren, congrats on your release! I’ll put the cover up on tomorrow’s blog so people can get another look at it.

      I hope you have an uneventful trip and a great gathering. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. EC Spurlock says:

    Ah, Cassondra, I remember the big Thanksgiving dinners of my childhood, with all my aunts and uncles and cousins crowded around my grandparents’ table. What wonderful chaos! After I got married we would alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas at my parents’ and in-laws so everyone got equal time with the grandkids. Now the parents, in-laws, aunts and uncles are all gone, and my sister and cousins are 3000 miles away.

    It’ll be a low-key holiday season for us this year. It’s our first without my hubby, but I’m grateful for the 26 years we had together. Both my boys are working today, but I’ll send them off with a good Thanksgiving dinner in their bellies, and at least they don’t have to work until 3AM like last year. As for me, I am taking a break from packing and house-hunting and enjoying a little me time. Who knows, I might even get some writing done!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today, and a happy Holiday Season to all of you out there!

    • EC Spurlock says:

      Sorry, Nancy, don’t know how I got your name wrong! You can tell I’m pooped…

    • EC, I’m glad your boys are not working crazy hours but sorry they have to work on a national holiday. I hate this new retail trend of opening on Thanksgiving.

      I’m sorry for the loss of your hubby. The first holidays with an empty chair at the table are tough, and I’m glad you have your boys with you for at least part of the day.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  6. Jane says:

    Hello Nancy,
    I hate the Cowboys, so I’ll be happy to see Cam do his dance today. Just a small family dinner for us. Our cousins are doing their own thing this year. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Jane, thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Here’s hoping Cam has lots of chances to dance! One of our dinner guests has a sister who’s attending that game. If the Panthers lose, it’ll pretty much wreck her Thanksgiving.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Banditas and Buddies !!

    Lets hope Fedora and family didn’t have CHICKEN for Thanksgiving !!

    For the first time in eight years I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I drove to Mom’s after work Wednesday, spent the night, had entirely too much great food at my brother and SIL’s, got to play with my two grandnieces and see lots of family and drove home because I have to work 7 to 12 tomorrow. Still, it was a wonderful day and best of all my Mom was beaming to have all of her chicks and grandchicks and great grandchicks and lots of in laws and out laws around her.

    I scored LOTS of leftovers! A huge container of my Mom’s chicken and dumplings – I was putting them into the container as my baby brother was taking them out. My SIL’s fabulous mac n cheese. Peas, deviled eggs, dressing, corn on the cob, turkey and Mom made me my very own orange chiffon cake to bring home with me. Yes, life is good!

    Saturday is the Iron Bowl – Alabama vs Auburn. HUGE rivalry. Which means whilst I work 7 to 4, by about 2 PM the store will be empty as the game kicks off at 2:30. ROLL TIDE !!

    I am thankful for each and every one of you. The friends I have made by way of the Lair have made my daily journeys so much more fun and my first year as a published author a blast!

  8. Louisa, Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. That sounds like a fabulous gathering and a terrific feast.

    We were talking about football after dinner. One of our guests went to Alabama and was talking about the intense football interest there. We’re just happy because Carolina beat Dallas and is now 11-0.

    We are all grateful for you and our other regular visitors. It’s nice to stop and think about that as the year rolls toward its end.

  9. Amy Conley says:

    Well since I missed my flight on Wed night and couldn’t get one for Thursday, my Thanksgiving was very low key. Went with my sister for dinner with one of our mother’s best friends and after coming back to an empty house we had an UNO play-off. We were laughing for hours. I did finally make it home Friday night, but hubby and I basically stayed in all weekend. Didn’t even change out of my jammies today.