Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, and most people I know don’t even have it on their radar just yet. And truth be told, that Norman Rockwell painting of Grandma smiling with the bronzed to perfection turkey while the whole family sits around the dining room table , beaming in adoration is a fantasy of by gone days.
Today’s family is very different than in our grandmother’s day. We instead, are the digitally and technically savvy generation. You need a recipe for turkey stuffing? We use to pick up the phone and call Grandma and connect with her about bygone holiday traditions, ask her about life and tell her about ours; now, we call up apps on our smart phones to get the latest and greatest stuffing and talk to no one.
We use to start preparations for Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ahead of time, choosing a menu, shopping for staples, polishing up the ‘good’ silver and making cranberry sauce. And then there was Tom…. the star of the day.. And which family stuffing recipe would be used. Then finally the business of Thanksgiving morning began. Tom was stuffed and dressed by 5 am, the celery was stuffed and bowls of assorted olives put out. Everyone pitched in peeling a different vegetable.. Carrots, spuds, turnips, squash. Only Mom made the creamed onions.. Because no one made them quite like her! Assorted pies that were baked for most of the day before were put out on the buffet for dessert. I wondered how many pumpkin and apple pies we’d end up with after all was said and done. The table was set with the ‘best’ china. And inevitably this question always arose– ” do you think we’ll be able to fit Tom in the oven?” Somehow we always managed. And then there was the aroma… From the moment the company stepped into the house, the first words out of their mouths–gosh, it smells so good in here!
Believe it or not, when I was a youngster I often wondered if everyone else’s home smelled as good as this on Thanksgiving day, or was it just ours?
Now, we don’t have to do any of this, as our local grocer will prepare and cook an entire meal for you and even deliver it for a price. So impersonal.
We use to sit around the table with Uncle Pete and Aunty Ella and crack open hot chestnuts, and laugh and listen as they told family stories. One year as we were about to all sit down for the meal, a family relative accidentally lit his hair on fire lighting the candles on the table! Yikes! The entire day’s festivities, though hectic, were always so much fun!
Now, we sit around the television or our computers and watch the endless football games and eat from TV trays and paper plates.
On a day when we should all be together in the comfort of our own homes and grateful for all that the Divine has given us, we crowd instead into restaurants, and eat the same placid turkey dinner “with all the trimmings” with a bunch of strangers. So impersonal.
My wish to you is for a truly memorable Thanksgiving shared with your loved ones and friends, and enjoy a meal that’s been made from your own hands. And be thankful for all the abundances in your life. SO personal! Wishing you Magical Wishbones and a blessed holiday!