We are one week away from one of the biggest holidays in the United States that brings families together for times of joy, happiness, being thankful for all blessings and, of course, great food.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”~
On November 11, 1620, 102 Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower ship in what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusettes.
When they arrived, they were met with many unknown certainties and an upcoming winter which proved to be difficult. They had no homes, shelters and the land was not ready for crops. Life was hard. For everything they overcame, they gave thanks.
Thanksgiving was the meal following the first autumn harvest of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans as a celebration of the successful establishment of the colony and the recent harvest.
The upcoming holiday season starts with Thanksgiving the end all be all of festive dinners has quite the menu options for bringing the family together around the dinner table.
Check out some of these common Thanksgiving dinner menu options.
- Turkey! Can’t forget the turkey!
- Potatoes which could be prepared in various forms; mashed, scalloped, roasted, baked, cheesed
- Vegetable dishes such as carrots, green beans, corn and brussels sprouts
- Cranberry sauce
- Biscuits/dinner rolls
- Pumpkin, pecan or apple pie
Do you need some recipe ideas? Check out AllRecipes.com for everything you’ll need for inspiration.
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season with the first of many opportunities to reconnect with family and give thanks for all the year’s blessings. It could be the blessing of a new child, health, career, new home, new car, anything you are thankful for.
It’s also a great time to give back or even pay forward the blessings. Giving back could include volunteering at a homeless shelter, food kitchen or just donating time or money to a great cause.
With the family all together, play some games and have fun. It’s okay to be silly and make memories with some of these family-friendly games in this blog from House Beautiful Online.
What do you do with or for your family on Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this year? Share your family memories in the comments!