Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Why? I grew up surrounded by a large extended family. This meant that anytime we got together - it was like a PARTY! Thanksgiving meant tons of food (and I mean tons), music, family, friends and lots of fun and laughter. I find myself missing those days now that I am live far from my extended family, they hold lots of great memories for me.
As an adult looking back, I'm thankful to have had those experiences and I cherish those memories. My parents and aunts laid a Thanksgiving foundation rich with family, food and love. Now that I have my own family I want to honor that spirit of Thanksgiving. It makes me sad my daughters might not experience the same kind of Thanksgiving I had growing up but it doesn't keep me from trying to establish our own Thanksgiving traditions and instilling in them the importance of family and being grateful for our many blessings.
We may not have 20 - 30 people at our Thanksgiving dinner but there will be tons of food, laughter and fun as my girls are surrounded by a great grandmother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and a cousin that love them, for this I am grateful!