As we head into the holidays, we're craving that festive feeling we hold dear, while also understanding this winter season will be very different from those in the past. We may not be able to celebrate the exact way we please, but that doesn't mean we can't still make things merry and bright. We're looking forward to many of our treasured traditions and will no doubt create some new ones this year. Here's what some on Team FIND are looking forward to on Turkey Day!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition has become hosting my family at our house. I love decorating the table, creating the perfect charcuterie board and spending the day in the kitchen with my mom while the guys in the family watch football and smoke the turkey. This year is baby Harlow's first Thanksgiving and I can't wait for her to have her first taste of pumpkin pie.
A few years ago, my dad asked if I would try making a homemade apple pie. I was a bit intimidated to try but I went for it, and have perfected it over the years. My apple pie became his absolute favorite dessert, so I'd make it for all holidays, including his birthday. My father has since passed, and the dessert means so much more to me now. I'll be thinking of him as I make it again for our family this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving morning kicks off (literally) with mimosas while watching the perfectly synchronized kick line of The Rockettes at the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I kick along with them, simultaneously making my oldest child cringe and my youngest child laugh. While we put our Thanksgiving meal together for late afternoon, we watch the National Dog Show, cheering for all the good pups, but especially for the Boston Terriers. Then I take a nap before diving headlong into a vat of mashed potatoes.
Every year I try to knock Green Bean Casserole off our menu, but every year there is an uprising - and no one is up for updating the recipe or making it healthier somehow. I mean, I just want to ditch the canned mushroom soup, but NOOOOO! If you want the recipe, you'll find it on the canister of French's dried onions. Casserole dramas aside, my family has an intense love for both football and wine, so no Thanksgiving celebration is complete without either.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is what we call "Turkey Olympics!" This is a series of games set up around the entire house, inside and outside, including shooting basketball hoops, golf, horseshoes, darts, pinball, and even silly made up games. We divide up into teams, rotate around the house to each game and compete, with plenty of drinks and plenty of teasing. Somehow it seems to always come down to two teams for a tie breaker and the tie breaking competition is a classic game of "butt darts" - Google it!