I have always spent Thanksgiving with my family and when Andy and I first started dating he joined in our Thanksgiving traditions. For starters my sister and her family, my parents, and Andy and I get together for the holiday weekend to celebrate not only Thanksgiving but also early Christmas. It is the last time of the year that we are all together so we have exchanged Christmas presents to each other on the Friday after Thanksgiving ever since our nephews were born so that we can see them playing with their new gifts.
Our traditions for Thanksgiving day are probably very similar to those of most Americans. We of course have the huge turkey dinner with all the fixings; mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, gravy, stuffing, etc. Then we settle in to relax and enjoy some football for the afternoon before breaking out the leftovers for a snack in the evening. Depending on whose house we are at we also make sure the tree has been put up and decorated by the end of the day since the next morning is early Christmas.
Early Christmas as our nephews call it is very similar to what my sister and I did on Christmas day growing up just without the big dinner. We open gifts, have fresh made cinnamon pecan rolls, and play with the new toys. Since none of us are big on doing Black Friday shopping we normally don’t do anything else on this day and have it as another day to just hang out and play with the family.
It really is one of my favorite times of the year and look forward to spending time with our family as the fall starts to approach. Maybe next Thanksgiving there will be another family member to attend the weekend!