Originally Posted by Christmasstar
Thanksgiving is always a time for family get together for us. We have it at different homes each year. One year my brother and his wife hosted and she got the bright idea to eat outside on the deck (our thanksgiving in Canada is in Oct) The day was nice and warm and sunny so having it outside would not be to bad. Problem was she decided not to start serving until 7pm...sun almost set and temps going down as they do this time of the year. Everyone was shivering and the food got cold before it could be eaten. Slowly people started to disappear from the deck and a line formed at the microwave. No one was going back outside. Finally my sister in law comes in wanting to know where everyone went. LOL The rest of the evening was inside and never again did anyone suggest an outdoor thanksgiving meal!
Well you may never have another outdoor Thanksgiving in Canada, but I bet you will never forget the one you did have!
I love reading Thanksgiving stories! I hosted my families Thanksgiving last year - I liked that b/c my house was cleaned from head to toe before Thanksgiving & ready for the tree to go up the day after Thanksgiving! I might have to think about hosting again this year.
Two years ago we started having our own "Turkey Trot" which leaves from our house & we walk 3-4 miles. My sisters/nieces/friends come over to walk in the morning, then after our walk they come in for coffee & pumpkin muffins, then everyone goes home to get ready for family parties. Last year I told whoever wanted to come over by 2:00 we would watch Miracle On 34th Street (on NBC) & we had dinner (supper) around 5:00! My family (parents, brothers/sisters/nieces/nephews/spouses/great neices/nephews) consists of about 45 people. Unforutnately this year we will be minus one as my brother passed away in March. It will be sad -little did we know that Thanksgiving last year would be my brothers last visit to our house!
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace & goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.