Thanksgiving is undoubtedly one of the best days of the year. Nothing is better than having an entire day focusing around family, and having a few sweet treats and savory sides thrown into the mix as well is just the icing on the cake… or, the whip cream on the pie!
The Thanksgiving holiday for our family is very laid-back and relaxing. I know a lot of people travel, or attend many brunches and dinners, some even being more formal affairs. Our holiday consists of running the Turkey Trot Thursday morning, followed by lunch at my parents with dessert to follow, and then usually in the evening is dinner with Tim’s family. Thankfully our families don’t live too far from one another so it definitely makes the holiday commutes pretty easy. We are definitely blessed to not have to spend the majority of the holiday driving in our car from house to house.
This Thanksgiving weekend I am thankful for:
- Being able to run the local Turkey Trot race with my mom, brother and husband. What started off as a ‘test run’ about six years ago has now become a Thanksgiving tradition. Even though the weather can be so cold, especially last year, it always feels so great to get a little exercise in before feasting on turkey and stuffing. Plus, completing it alongside my family makes it that much better. I am not trained ‘per se’ for this year’s race, but I sure plan on finishing the five miles and having a great time doing so!
- Baking and preparing the Thanksgiving meal. I absolutely love to help my mom cook the holiday meal, and I look forward to pie making each and every year. This year I will be whipping up the same indulgent Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie recipe I have made for the past few years, alongside a few heathy Dashing Dish recipes including Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Pecan Maple Topping, and Creamy Pumpkin Trifle.
- Black Friday research. Although we don’t go nuts on the Black Friday sales, my mom and I do have a tradition of doing a little shopping the day after Thanksgiving. What we have noticed the past couple years is that if we leave the house around 7 or 8, most of the shopping fanatics have already came and went and a lot of the sales are still available and the products are still in stock. We go through the Black Friday ads early afternoon on Thanksgiving after our meal and then make our list for Friday shopping. We are only gone usually about half a day, but that is just enough to help us get our shopping fill without feeling exhausted.
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. I am so excited because my family has plans to go see Mockingjay Friday. I flew through all the books and just love the movies so far too. If you haven’t read the books though, I really suggest you do! I promise they are even better than the movies. I literally could not put book two, Catching Fire, down!
- OSU v. Michigan. Since I am an OSU alum and huge Buckeyes fan, this event just had to make the list. Saturday is our big rival game against Michigan and I am looking forward to watching.
- Christmas decorations. This weekend also marks that time of the year in our house when fall décor is replaced with Christmas trees, garland, ornaments, stocking, and shining light strands galore. I just love this time of the year when I can sip some hot cocoa, listen to Michael Buble’s Christmas album, watching Christmas movies and decorate the house. Perfection!
- Family. Last, but not least. I am really looking forward to having my whole family under one roof again. My brother and I are very close, but I haven’t seen him since August. He is a college baseball coach in Kentucky and his schedule is crazy and he is rarely ever home on the weekends. I know my mom and dad are thrilled to have him home for a few days and so am I! I am also looking forward to seeing my aunt and uncle and my cousin and her family. Spending that time with Tim’s family is so important as well and I am grateful to be able to spend the holiday with those I love. I know that not everyone has that opportunity, but it is definitely the thing I am thankful for most of all!
- What are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving? Do you have any big plans? Any Thanksgiving traditions you are looking forward to celebrating?
- Do you travel for Thanksgiving? If so, where is your destination this year?
- What are you thankful for this year?
- Who has seen Mockingjay yet? What were your thoughts on the movie??