My Christmas traditions post from last year was a fun way to reminisce and find old pictures of years past, so I thought I’d do the same for Thanksgiving.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
A few years ago, I discovered how easy it was to make cranberry sauce and have never looked at the canned stuff since. All it requires is fresh cranberries, sugar, and water. You can add other stuff to it if you want, but I’m a traditionalist when it comes to my berries. If you are feeling adventurous, though, try these cranberry sauce alternatives.
I’m pretty much the only one in my family that eats it, but it’s not the holidays without it. I’ve made it with graham cracker and traditional pie crust, and so far, I prefer it with traditional pie crust. I’ve always gotten compliments from everyone that likes pumpkin pie, and now I’m craving it just thinking about it.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
I have loved watching the parade since I was a kid. And obviously my favorite part is Santa at the end – as an adult, it makes me cry. I put it on as soon as I get up and have it on while I’m getting ready. Sometimes, if we aren’t eating until later in the day, I get to sit with my coffee and watch the whole thing. I’ll even sit and watch the dog show after, if I can. Always rooting for the frenchies, of course. 😉
My mom was always wanted to make sure that we weren’t eating too much before Thanksgiving dinner, but she also didn’t want us under her feet sneaking food, so she started making cinnamon rolls for Thanksgiving and Christmas breakfast. Her reasoning is the same as why I still keep the tradition today – they’re substantial enough to get full but burn off in time for dinner so you’re nice and hungry.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
As you’ve probably figured out, I start Christmas movies the day after Halloween. There’s one movie, though, that I stop watching Christmas movies for, and have to watch on Thanksgiving – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! I find myself relating to Charlie Brown more and more as an adult, and I always watch the Peanuts holiday movies.
Since we first got an apartment together, I’ve always made a point to cook Shane and myself a small, mini Thanksgiving dinner the night before the real deal. I cook a boneless turkey breast, mashed potatoes made from scratch, corn, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce (Shane doesn’t eat it, so I can take that with us wherever we end up the next day), rolls, and gravy. I like enjoying the food and calm before the chaos that will inevitably ensue the following day. Plus, we almost always have at least a day of leftovers from that meal alone, so if we tragically forget to grab a few plates before we leave our family’s houses, we still have something.
As you might expect, most of our traditions revolve around food – it’s the only holiday where the main focus is the food. It’s always fun, though, no matter where we are, and I look forward to spending the time with family every year.
I hope your holidays this year are full of love, peace, and joy.