“When I started counting my blessings, my whole world turned around.” — Willie Nelsen
My front yard is a sea of oak leaves and acorns and pine tags. Thanksgiving Day must be near. The pantry is full of the fixings for traditional T-Day sides and desserts. I am counting the days and recipes. So much to be grateful for at this season of seasons.
For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the American Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In 1963, President Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Proclamation stated that “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and Massachusetts, far from home, in a lonely wilderness set aside a time of Thanksgiving. They gave thanks for their safety, the health of their children, the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together and for the faith which united them with their God.” Virginia was included for the first time as the site of the first Thanksgiving. At Berkeley Plantation, it is still acknowledged today.
Thursday morning might include watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking, an afternoon football game (or nap) and a decadent meal. Please add our gratitude for you; we appreciate your business and support. Let’s keep it going.
There is never too much gravy at any Feltner family occasion. Here’s our tip: don’t rely totally on the turkey drippings to make certain there is enough; you should be prepared with supplemental gravy as well. And, of course, a pretty gravy boat takes it up a notch. Hunt yard sales and flea markets for antique boats and arrange them on the table.
Light the night.
Be creative. If the weather is warm enough, take your annual dinner outside. We love pumpkin plates from the Dollar Tree, but turkey-themed paper products would work well here, too. Martin’s and Walmart have a great selection.
Don’t let the turkeys get you down.
Decorate with turkeys (the kind that will be around the day after Thanksgiving!). Fall has become a major holiday, so there are a lot of good finds out there. The white turkey is antique Limgoes; I found it at a flea market for $1.00! When the white turkey comes out of the cabinet and onto the table, I know it is time to celebrate.
Be safe and have a great week.
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