Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankfulness {day four}

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are in the midst of family, friends, food and fun!

We are currently packed to the gills in my sister's home ... fourteen people, four dogs and one bathroom.  It's how we enjoy our holidays!  Packed cheek to cheek to cheek to cheek to cheek around the table and on the couch and in our blow-up beds.  I wouldn't have it any other way!

Thinking back on past Thanksgivings, I was surprised at the many different ways we have spent this holiday.  We have celebrated under many different roofs, eating many variations of the traditional good eats and among a variety of family and friends.  Sometimes we share food responsibilities, sometimes we just show up with a can of whipped cream and some rolls.  Sometimes we spend our time cuddled on the couch watching football while other times we hover over the dining room table, tackling a 1,000 piece puzzle.  We've watched the wonder and delight of each of our kiddos eating their first turkey, first cranberry, first pumpkin pie.  We have laughed and reminisced with older family members who have since passed away.

So many memories packed into one single day.

But one of my absolute, hands-down favorite memories would have to be my mom's annual turkey dance.  Each year before stuffing the bird, my mom would slide her hand into the cavity and entertain us with a little turkey cha-cha!  At least until her arm gave out ... those 20 pound turkeys are not light on their feet!

Several years ago, we decided to for go the traditional turkey and instead served individual cornish game hens. This allowed us to each have our own delicious bird ... and a feathered friend chorus line:

Today I am thankful for laughter that cheers our faces, memories that warm our hearts and food that fills our bellies!

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful! 
(Proverbs 15:13)

Hope you enjoy a little silliness today!  And maybe a little dancing. :)

Prompt #2 ~ What traditions do you carry on with your family each year?

Mama’s Losin’ It


  1. The chicken chorus line is hilarious! What a great tradition!

  2. Ok, that is funny! I can imagine your mom doing that with a 20 lb turkey. Hilarious!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

  3. Stopping by from Mama Kat's - what a funny memory!! I love the visual that you created with your Mom's turkey cha-cha-cha ... and then all of you with the cornish hens. What a great memory!


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