Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Julie's Gig............


But she asked if I would "Guest Host" the blog this week! I have super powers, but I will admit, when it comes to blogging, Julie's far outweigh mine.

I feel kind of like, maybe how a warm-up band might feel. Or maybe, how you might feel when you turn on the Today Show, and find out that Lester Holt is next to Meredith Vierra, instead of Matt Lauer.


Where's Julie you ask? She's a busy, busy girl. Being mom, wife, designer, owner of a company, church go-er, world traveler, has it demands, and sometimes, some of those things that needed "fixin" or paint'n" get neglected. This week she's doing a little of both.

This week is Thanksgiving. Those who know me, know that I have an affinity for memories and I'm pathetically nostalgic.
Being with family, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Dallas and Detroit playing football every year, Turkey, mashed potatoes, little smokies, and all of the Christmas movies that they start playing. Does it get any better than that?

I have a challenge for you. And what would a challenge be without prizes.
Simple-Post and let me know you're favorite Thanksgiving when you were a child. Pretty simple stuff!

Everyone who posts will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win, 2 paper crafting kits of their choice, and like the Turkey at Thanksgiving, we will throw in all of the "trimmings."

Did I mention that we will draw three winners?

Remember I love nostalgia!

121 comments:

carabecca said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was probably when I was about 18. It's the last Thanksgiving before my parents got divorced and before my grandfather(s) got sick. I just remember everyone being happy!

MandieGirl said...

My favorite was just watching the parade every year at my grandparent's house with my sisters and cousins. Plus, my uncle would always hand us paper and a pen and tell us to start our "lists". How much more fun can that be? :)

Brooke S. Rochon said...

Well, being from Detroit, definitely has to be watching the big game every year, but really my favorite was probably in 2004 the first one after the birth of my daughter. Just made that had all the more magical. Thanks for letting us share. :)

Tami said...

My favorite Thanksgving is every year! This year should be the best because all the family will be together and we have lots of movies and games to play.

Julie said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was when I was in my 20's -- it was the last Thanksgiving when my grandpa and dad were still alive. My grandpa was a little cranky and always liked to make some complaint about my mom's fabulous dinner and that year he complained that there wasn't enough sage in the dressing. We still laugh about this every year and Thanksgiving!

Diana said...

My favorite Thanksgivings were when we would all get together at my grandma's house and all the cousins would put on a talent show. (I was usually the director so I didn't have to act!)

pattyb said...

I've been lucky, I have quite few memorable T-days. The one when my brother got to come home from Kuwait for a few days and we surprised my mom on T-day. He knocked on the door and she opened it and there he was standing with his military uniform and his bags. I get teary remembering.

Jean H. said...

My favorite memories are going to my Aunt's house and "stuffing" ourselves and then outside we all went for a round or rumble, tumble football (girls and boys alike)!

Colette said...

I will never forget the Thanksgiving when I was about 10 years old. It was a super cold week here in Wisconsin and my older cousins walked us out to the nearby creek that had frozen over. We chipped away a bunch of ice, put the chunks in buckets, and trudged back to Grandma and Grandpa's with it. We all took turns cranking the homemade ice cream maker and proudly served our delicacy with each other and our parents. (We still talk about this Thanksgiving every year...deep down wishing we still had the ambition to do it all over again. Rather, we settle for the store bought flavor..haha)

Jessica Turner said...

I can't pick one! I love watching the Broadshow shows on the Macys parade every year. It was the closest I could get to Broadway. I used to video tape the segments and then watch the tape of Broadway shows all year.

toniw said...

I would have to say one of my favorite memories was over at my aunt's house when I was in elementary school. We had so many people, we had to eat around their pool table/ping-pong table. As the meal progressed we started to lose patience in passing things around the "large" table. It didn't turn into a food fight, but lets just say, dinner rolls were flying!

luvzenkm2 (Leea) said...

First let me say I thought of you the other day, met a mouse..and of course being in the country not hard to do, but this one was running around our mailbox (think rural across a road) so there I stood frozen in the middle of the road with a semi coming ...lets just say I moved and waited until later to get mail...;-) Now back to the topic...When I was younger, my grandparents always came home from their trips just in time for Thanksgiving. So looked forward to it many of years, as I missed my grandparents while they were gone...Thanks for the chance and Happy Thanksgiving!

random me said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was 1994. 1994 was the year that my son was born and it was the last Thanksgiving we celebrated in NJ before moving to FL. We all celebrated in my dh's mother's house. Her house was one of the old historic ones w/ only 1 bathroom and a wood burning stove. The kitchen was teenie tiny, and yet we managed to fit something like 25-30 people w/o feeling crowded. It just felt like "home". I miss those days something terrible.

just me....lynn said...

I dont really remember one particular thanksgiving but they were all great - lots of family love and good food!!

Summer, Andy and Audrey said...

My favorite thanksgiving happened when I was around 8 I think. Every year, my huge family got together at Grandma's house with tons of food and dessert choices. But there was never a chocolate dessert... my favorite. This particular year, my Aunt Cathy brought a chocolate s'mores pie and told everyone it was for me. She even made sure I got the first slice! For 32 years now, that s'mores pie is ALWAYS on the dessert buffet on turkey day :)

kindredmamma and Daddy said...

My favorite Turkey Days were the ones when we would go to Grandma's house. Sounds totally nastalgic, but time in the kitchen with Grandma was the highlight of my life.

Tina said...

Going to my Grandma's house in Rigby with all of my brothers and sister and cousins and aunts and uncles...it was house full! There was hardly any room to move with all of the tables and I loved playing with my cousins. It only happened a couple of times, but it was a blast!

AmyR said...

You know I don't really have a favorite when I was a child - but the one we just had (for us in Canada Thanksgiving was last month) is a favorite - it was the very first time I hosted and cooked for my entire family. I was petrified (I've NEVER done anything like this before!) and by the time it was over I was exhausted - but it was worth it. The sense of accomplishment I felt at preparing all that food, and cleaning my house and having all my family around and actually ENJOYING my house and my cooking definitely made it one of my most favorite Thanksgiving's ever!! :)

jennie said...

I have a few good ones. The one where 3 schnauzers(small nasty dogs)ate a 4 layer german chocolate cake while the family was watching the Lions. Or the year my cousin nailed me with a snowball right in the glasses(he's felt bad ever since)and more recently, the year we discovered my MILs oven wasn't working when the turkey took about 2 days to cook. Not good.
Ah, I love Thanksgiving.

Lynette C said...

My favorite thing for Thanksgiving is the Thanksgiving meals as a kid. The turkey on the dinning table is (at that time) the biggest "chicken" I ever saw. lol! Many years on, I now have my own family, I joke with my kids that the turkey is a big "chicken".

Shannon Hager said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was in 2005. Not only was it my first time cooking Thanksgiving for the whole family, I found out I was pregnant with #3!!! My husband had to sneak out and go buy a test. Then, at dinner we announced it to the whole family! I think they were even more surprised than I was! I will always remember Thanksgiving that year!

JenMarie said...

My fave Tgivings are when lot of family is able to come in and we have a yummy meal and get to visit with faraway relatives and share blessings with each other.
God is good!

Jenn said...

Thanksgivings haven't really been the same since my grandmother passed away in 2003. After her passing, there was some family drama, and now we pretty much don't see her side of the family. It's very sad and I do miss them all.

On a happy note, I love making new holiday traditions with my two little girls and love seeing how their handprint turkeys grow every year :)

Drika said...

My favorite thanksgiving was when I was 17. I was at my sister´s in Canada!! I live in Brazil and we dont celebrate it.

I miss her so much!
Thanks for the giveaway!!

Angie said...

My favorite thanksgivings were the ones where both sides of my family (all 11 of us) would get together and eat. And eat. And eat.

Rebecca said...

We had a few funny traditions at Thanksgiving when I was a kid. First of all, we would spend most of the morning and afternoon in PJS. Secondly we would watch a bunch of classic movies. All the "monkey" movies (King King, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young) and then maybe MIracle on 34th street to get ready for the xmas season. For lunch we would eat an assortment of cheese and crackers and fresh fennel. Dinner was more traditional, turkey with 2 stuffings (one mushy inside the turkey and one crunchy from in oven) and all the other trappings and then lasagna baked by my italian grandma who made the best lasagna known to human kind. Aaaaaah, the days when sitting around watching TV and eating until your sides hurt didnt matter!

Chelle said...

my all time favorite thanksgiving from childhood (cause nothing can compare to now...when i am all grown up and cooking the meal for my family, nothing brings me more joy than this) is the one where i can first remember helping my mother make the meal...we usually went to grandma's house, but that year we had it at our house...the best part of all? stirring the brandy sauce for the last dish of the day...the bread pudding with warm brandy sauce...everyone else was sitting around (laying around is more like it) or outside for a football game...it was just mom and i in the kitchen stirring the sauce and talking...sweet both in taste and memories...
this year...the first time my mom is actually coming to my house for thanksgiving...how sweet that will be to cook that special meal for her!
thank you!
chelle

Ann Cicilie said...

We do not celebrate thanksgiving:)

Maybe that's because we spend so much time planning christmas? ;)

Becca said...

My favorite thanksgiving memory was only a couple years ago (not when I was a child...sorry). Every year my family plays touch football with a couple other families on Thanksgiving Day. During our annual football game one of my friends had the ball and was running for a touchdown when her athletic pants (those ones that button all the way down the sides of your legs) began slowly unbuttoning as she ran. Once she felt the draft she immediately fell to the the ground to hide her pretty polka dot panties. All the men of course turned their heads and all the girls went running to help her but EVERYONE was dying laughing!

Elaine said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was the first year that I got to help prepare the feast at Grandma Mazie's house :) There was such a bustle and soooo much activity and it felt good to be 'in charge' of something even if it was only peeling potatoes!

AHadley said...

My best memory is when I was 18. My boyfriend and I brought another friend of ours and he's quite the character. He was at the table before we ate talking about how the pies were "calling his name." My Great Aunt very seriously peered at him and said, "have you always been like this?"
LOL!!! She has since passed on, but I always make sure to tease my friend about that Thanksgiving :)

NanaBeth said...

Mine would have to be the year my husband came home from Vietnam. We spent it with his parents who are Slovenian, we had an ethnic feast of monumental proportions along with the whole neighborhood showing their love and gratitude for his safe return.

the Holmes Crew said...

My favorite memory of Thanksgiving-----has to be from 1986. Although, I wasn't a child then! It was the year that I got married to my best friend. The wedding was the Friday following the holiday and we spent Thanksgving with my soon to be in-laws and reminisced about my husband as a child. We have been married 22 years next week!

the Holmes Crew said...

My favorite memory of Thanksgiving-----has to be from 1986. Although, I wasn't a child then! It was the year that I got married to my best friend. The wedding was the Friday following the holiday and we spent Thanksgving with my soon to be in-laws and reminisced about my husband as a child. We have been married 22 years next week!

RitaS said...

My most memorable Thanksgiving was when I was five (and probably the only memory I have at that age). We had moved to a new farm about an hour away from the only place I had ever known, two months earlier. On Thanksgiving Eve our dairy barn burnt down. It was very scary, and will never forget my first glimpse out a window in the house to wonder why there was a red glow on white outbuilding. It was a long night, and through it all neighbors from our old town came bringing food and words of comfort. New neighbors came, too. Despite losing much of our livestock and personally, all my favorite kitties - I was keenly aware of the love and friendship offered by all these people. Gosh - now that I have written this I need to scrap it! Thanks for the inspiration!

the Holmes Crew said...

My favorite Thanksgiving happened 22 years ago but I wasn't a child. It was the year that I married my best friend and the ceremony was planned for the Friday followng the holiday. We spent Thanksgiving with his folks and I learned all about his childhood! We have been married since!

Tracey said...

Nothing stands out about a particular Thanksgiving to me. It's a day to enjoy some good food and spend with family and that's always a good thing!!

jeanie nieva said...

we don't have thanksgiving here but i always think of turkey when i hear the word thanksgiving. :)

jeanie nieva said...

we don't have thanksgiving here but when i hear thanksgiving, i think of turkey and all thse great dinners with family and loved ones. :)

Donna said...

My favorite Thanksgiving as a child was every four years. I was one of four and each of us wanted the wishbone, so that would be once every four years. Ha, guess what I wished for? The wishbone for the next year. How dumb to waste the wish

Mel said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was when I was in college...we had a big family thanksgiving with everyone there, set the table with vintage plates of all kinds, and it was soooo pretty.

Leanne said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was last year...it was the first time I ever cooked for my family. My daughter and I had the most fun picking a menu and preparing all the dishes our family likes. She is only 9 this year but is such fun to be around and is constantly making me laugh! I am a self taught cook and I wanted to share the joy of being able to teach her and it has been such a blessing! This year we have entered a chili cook-off for church for Thanksgiving , so maybe next year my answer will be '08! Plus I got some great photos for us to scrapbook together.

Tricia Wilson said...

My favorite Thanksgiving's were spent at my Grandma's house. We'd eat "dinner" early then get to snack a play the rest of the day. I'd get to help out in the kitchen which made me feel like such a grown up!

Cass said...

We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, but my favourite Christmas time was every year when we would drive for 5 hours to my grandparents house to all spend Christmas together. I love family time! :)

susan m said...

Watching the Macy's parade and the stuffed celery!!

marlis said...

I think my favorite thanksgivings memory i have is November 1963.We were living in France and I just remember how grateful we were that we were safe and how sorry we were that we had lost a president and how thankful I was that my father was ok.

Erica Hettwer said...

I loved the big Thanksgivings at my Grandma Wilma's before she died. Those were great! Tons of family, food and fun. Oh, and she made the best divinity! Love that stuff!

Chris said...

I think my favorite Thanksgiving was actually the one my first year away from home after college. My roommate and I hosted it and had our friends over for the meal. We (and her mom) cooked most of the fixings, one friend brought the meat, another brought the "beverages"... And we laughed and had a wonderful time. It was truely a case where "friends are the family we choose".

julieann said...

My favorite Thanksgiving memory had to be when I was 6 or 7, the night before Thanksgiving it started snowing and when we woke up the next morning there was over a foot of snow on the ground and more on the way. Most of our family could not make it to our house for our traditional family feast, but my dad, brother and I loaded into his four wheel drive truck and picked up my grandma & a few other realitives so that we could celebrate together! I still have the photo of my brother, dad and I looking out of the truck at my mom. That Thanksgiving lasted several days because of the weather and it was the best Thanksgiving ever!! Sometimes I still wish for a huge snow on the night before Thanksgiving:)

Paula Clare said...

My favorite thanksgiving was when I was 10. My aunt had us over to her house and we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade while we drooled over the smell of turkey cooking. When we got to the table, we saw the turkey with little white boots on its feet, and each of us had pilgrim hats with candy corn at our dinner plate. We each had an orange cut zigzag with cranberry relish, and a paper turkey napkin ring. It was nothing big, but those little "crafty" differences made the holiday OH SO MEMORABLE! I plan to do the same this year for my grandson!

Greta said...

My favorite Thanksgivings were always when the entire family (and it was a big one) came to our small house to celebrate. Lots of good eats and good fun! The Lions game would always be on and we'd complain about how bad the Lion's are, wow, nothing has changed!

Melanie said...

My favorite childhood Thanksgiving was right after we moved down South from the Northwest. I was 7 and this was the first Thanksgiving ever celebrated with my grandparents. Gosh, there is nothing like Grandma's southern cooking. Pecan pie, cornbread dressing and all the other stuff I can't remember. Oh and yeah - I know this is all about the food... I can't remember anything else. LOL.

Have a wonderful Turkey Day!

AngelBear said...

I would have to say that my favorite Thanksgiving would have to 2002. We had our two boys (they were 23 months and 10 months) and my favorite aunt was still healthy before the cancer took her. We get together every year at my parents house and laugh and just enjoy being a family.

Elisa K said...

I would say my favorite Thanksgiving was when I was 18 and I had just met my future "husband" on November 16th 1991 and Thanksgiving was our first holiday that we spent together. He came to meet "the family" and not just my parents and my brother but my "entire" family all the aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins you name it. Oh dear god what was I thinking. Yes oh yes he got to hear all the good, bad, silly and not so silly crazy things I have done. I guess it was a good deal as we got married that summer and this thanksgiving will be our 17th year celebrating it together.

Barbara said...

My Favorite Thanksgiving are any that I can spend with my family! I especially love having my darling grandaughter snitches the olives and parades around the room showing off her fingers! She's just a joy and at three, she'll come up with something new for this year, I'm sure!

Julie said...

Lindsay,

All I have to say is, "What is up with the one-eyed turkey?"

Erika M. said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was the one before my grandmother died. We had fabulous food and all of my cousins were present and accounted for. We all told what we were thankful for.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I just want to start off by saying that Julie is a great blogger, but you're not so bad yourself! It's a good mix, and you're entertaining as can be!! My favorite Thanksgiving memory was when my dad EVERY SINGLE Thanksgiving would wake us up to watch the Thanksgiving Day parades on TV. When we were younger, we used to love seeing those big balloons going down the street, but as we got older? We were a little more interested in sleeping in on our day off! However, without fail, he would wake us, and we would watch it with him! I think this year, I'll call him to make sure he's watching! We would also start our Christmas lists! That was always fun too!! Happy Thanksgiving Mr. Lindsay! I hope it's spectacular!! P.S. I love the start of the Christmas movies too! Especially when Linus gives his speech in a Charlie Brown Christmas!!

supermom said...

I don't have one particular Thanksgiving that was my favorite. All the Thanksgiving dinners that my mom ever hosted were so memorable. They were the best. My mom would go ALL out for dinner Turkey, mashed potatos, gravey, salads, deviled eggs, cheese ball, etc..... the list goes on and on. I remember the one year that we were all going to go to a restaurant to eat with family. I wouldn't let it happen. I insisted that my mom cook the meal. I couldn't imagine eating out on this wonderful holiday. I know this year will be memorable, as I am hosting my famiy for thanksgiving.

Margie said...

My fave Turkey-day was the first time my very Italian boyfriend (now hubs) came over for dinner at my parents home. He just kind of sat at the table and stared for a bit... then asked where was the antipasta?, yams?, cranberries?, stuffing?... I don't think that he enjoyed his fist Puerto Rican Thanksgiving ;) The only dish he recognized on the table was the Turkey!!! LOL!!! We've all adjusted the menu since then!
Thnx for letting me share!
{hugs}, margie

Sher B said...

My favorites were the ones before anyone of the cousins got married and all the relatives were still alive. We would all sit down at the great big table and all 30 of us would eat, talk and laugh together then after clean up play cards and games! Sher B.

mustangkayla said...

My favorite Thanksgiving would have to have been last year as we were able to spend it with both my family and my hubby's family at our home!

Julie Campbell said...

Oooh! More fun goodies!!! I have a lot of good T-day memories... but two of them really stand out. We announced the pregnancies of both of our boys during the Thanksgiving Day prayer. My hubby just sort of slipped in there how thankful he was for the newest member of our family -- and then the collective gasp of excitement from everyone in the room. :)

Nikki said...

i have to say my fave memory is going to be this year. we are visiting my mom for the holiday for the 1st time in 4 years. my kids are goingto experience all things Thanksgiving that i knew as a kid. I know this week will go by way too fast!!! thanks for the chance to win some great goodies!!!

Catherine said...

I really loved watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV each year, and my boyfirend (and future husband) knew it. The first year we were dating he took me to see the baloons being blown up the night before - it was cold, windy, rainy and wonderful to my then 17 year old self.

Dria said...

Fun challenge..My favorite Thanksgiving Probably when I was 12 and everyone was at my Aunts house.. all the cousins all the grandparents- I was a big FULL farmhouse.. but lots of fun with all the cousins.. wow that was in the early 70's!

Anne House said...

I remember the Holidays at Grandma's house...loved them!

Alison said...

One of my favorite Thanksgivings has to be back in the mid '70s, when we had about 3 feet of snow right before the holiday. It was great playing out in the snow all day, then coming in, drying off, warming up and having a big dinner.

Dani said...

Every year is my favorite Thanksgiving. Every year I have everything different to be thankful for.

Happay said...

mine were pretty much all the same, go to grandma and grandpas, watch the parade, eat, drive home. But, the parade was always my favorite part so the thanksgiving that I got to watch the parade is my favorite of all time. It was 2002, just a little over a month before I got married!

Trace Geworsky said...

My favourite Thanksgiving was in 2004 because after losing 5 babies, I finally had a baby to hold in my arms....I am so thankful for him every single day because I learnt not to take that for granted.

Jenn said...

No Thanksgivings stand out more than the others, they were all good! I've only been away from my parents and sister for two Turkey Days, and that's been since I got married and both were with dh at least.

Gail S. said...

I remember when I was little my Grandpa and Grandma coming the day before and spending the night and hearing my Grandma get up really early in the morning to put the turkey in the oven. I could here here moving around in the kitchen when we were still in bed.

Leesa said...

I know that you said to tell about my favorite Thanksgiving as a child, but my favorite Thanksgiving happened only 2 years ago. That was the day we found out that we were expecting our first child. We also got to tell my parents that day aswell. We were all over the moon with excitement.

This Thanksgiving will also be very special because we get to tell my parents that we are expecting again!

Claude said...

My favourite Thanksgiving was 3 years ago, when my father was still alive. Simply because he was there, and that means the world to me!

Marni said...

My favorite Thanksgiving memory was the first Thanksgiving we had here in TX. My parents and I just moved here and all of our family was still in MI. My aunt and uncle came down and we had a traditional Thanksgiving meal (and football). The part that makes this a favorite is that I even dressed up. I have no idea why, but I thought it was a good idea. I had a dress and apron like the pioneers wore and I thought it would be festive. I am happy to report that my husband STILL married me after seeing those photos!

Kim M said...

My favorite thanksgiving was when I was really young. I can only remember bits and pieces in my mind but my parents have it on old home movies. We were at my grandma's and I would get in front of the camera and dance around for everyone to see.

Melissa said...

I don't remember exactly how old I was (7 or 8) and I got an new bike for Christmas. I remember waking up before dawn and going upstairs (no one was up yet)and started checking out the tree. My parents got up and sent me back to bed. I remember seeing my Dad bring out my bike while I was "supposed" to be heading down to bed! Yeah, I was one of those kids that would find the Christmas gift and try to secretly open them up before Christmas! *sheepish grin* Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)

julie.schellin said...

not necessarily specific to one particular year, but my favorite part of Thanksgiving was the free-for-all, unsupervised, hours-long play time with all my cousins, while the adults napped after dinner.

Alex S. said...

One of the best Thanksgiving days I remember was when my oldest sister who was only married for a couple weeks felt really sick (of all the food smells). We were joking around with her...telling her she was pregnant...later we found out she was! We all got a big laugh from that! I wasn't a child..but I was a teenager.

Jenny B in Indy said...

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving as a kid was playing board games with my parents and brothers. It was the one time out of the year my step dad played games with us and it was always super fun.
He and my Mom would buy silly prizes from the dollar store that were corny but we still tried to win them.. It was pretty fun :)

Christina said...

I would have to say every Thanksgiving is a favorite just because my whole family is actually together spending some quality time & catching up with life while eating tons of food.

Sugar on Top said...

I remember when I was little and the whole family would come over at noon and eat.. then we would sit around and talk all day, until we would just eat dinner from the leftovers. And then there was that one Thanksgiving when I drank dip spit.. I will forever smell a Coke bottle before I drink from it :)

melita said...

To me, Thanksgiving is not complete without getting the chance to watch the Dallas Cowboys play. We have done it every year for as long as I can remember and sometimes, because of travel schedules, we miss part of the game and try and watch other football games to make up for it, but it is never quite the same. Now, thanks to the dvr and tivo, we don't have to miss a moment!

twinklescrapbooks said...

My favorite Thanksgiving had to be the one when my Uncle Ralph and I played checkers. He let me beat him and I felt so smart!!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

AniB said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was 2 years ago, because it was the last Thanksgiving before my Dad got really sick, and because it was the first year that my daughter really got into the meaning of the holiday (and the food too).

Eva said...

We do not celebrate thanksgiving here... I think it's a beautiful holiday! We should remember all of our blessing at least one day of the year!!!!!!

mich said...

Growing up in Singapore and now living in Australia, I have never celebrated Thanksgiving so I don't know how it feels. But from a lot of American movies.... it looks just as beautiful as Christmas. Although.... it also seems it can go horribly wrong. Nevertheless, I wish I had the chance to experience it one day... only because I'm thankful for life.

jeneaevan said...

I loved every Thanksgiving (and every holiday for that matter!) growing up because it was the only time of the year that my Dad would actually cook. He was pretty good at it too!

4guysandagirl said...

My fave Thanksgiving as a child was the first year my mom and dad had the family over to our house. That meant we were in charge of my uncle Larry who was paralized from the neck down. I LOVED going to get him from the care facility. We talked and laughed all the way home. (It was a 1 hour drive). I sure miss him! And he Loved turkey!!

Rebecca said...

Last year my family simply could not make up its mind on what it wanted to do. So we said, "Well, then we're going to Detroit!"

So my favorite Thanksgiving was last year when we traveled to Detroit to watch the Packers win. We managed to have a great turkey dinner in this awesome diner and we really had a blast at the game.

My sister-in-law and her husband met us at the game, so we still spent time with family. It was really neat.

The only downside--no leftovers! :(

Gayle215 said...

My favorite Thanksving was a family dinner that I hosted, complete with in-laws & OUTLAWS (multiple groups of ex's). I stacked three dining tables end to end, going through two rooms. We had about 20 people and everyone got along...all in the spirit of Thanksgiving. It was wonderful to have ALL of our loved ones together.

Carolyn King said...

I loved every thanksgiving growing up...being one of 8 children the house was always full. But one thanksgiving I will never forget is one where we had several guests---a missionary priest that my father was friends with; two traveling performers who were in town for a production (friend of sister's); and a new girlfriend of my brother's.

It was so cool how my parents always welcomed anyone who did not have any place to go (family in town etc.) That always reminds me to be Thankful that I have a big family.

Happy Thanksgiving!
cammie22@hotmail.com

connie said...

My favorite Thanksgiving is every Thanksgiving. I love being with my family!

patty w said...

No one particular memory..just all of the ones with my family, my mom getting up at 4am to put the turkey in ! Baking pies all night the night before. My dad sneaking into goodies before we were allowed! Dad passed in 89 and my mom has Alzheimers, so I miss those family dinners ALOT !

But I have my own family now and I enjoy them just as much but wish I could have all of my family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

MrsJJB1999 said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was the year I made dinner all by myself and invites my whole family to my apartment... it was nice to have my family over.

Mandie said...

My favorite thing about thanksgiving as a child was the parade and making our list. That day mom would give us the big Sears catalog and a Toys R Us Christmas Catalog and a pen. It was a glorious thing to do circling stuff and watching Macy's Day Parade. It didn't get any better!

shannon said...

i don't remember this thanksgiving, but i hear stories about it all the time... basically, i was two and thought i could sit at the grownup table. well, i fell out of the opening in the back of the dining room chair. i didn't try that again until i was a "grownup". hahaha.

Jen Martakis said...

I think you are a genius blogger Mr. Lindsay. ;)

My favorite childhood Thanksgiving had to be the one that my dad's whole side of the family got together and celebrated. It was one of the last times that we were all together before he (my dad) passed away.

wendy said...

I loved having everyone together! The gatherings at the lakes were so fun growing up, being with all my cousins :)

hydee said...

Let's see no childhood Thanksgivings stand out just family and yummy food (skip the turkey though, Yuck). When I moved out and got married I became in charge of the pies and I enjoy baking them every year. But last year my dh and kids moved from Florida to South Carolina all alone so we decided to go to a Thanksgiving buffet. It was a trip, it was the last sitting of the day . There was hardly any food left but we had a blast. Then when we were done we went and walked on the beach and drove around and looked a Christmas lights. I have to admit I am not a big Thanksgiving person, but last year I finally felt the true meaning of it. Being GRATEFUL for FAMILY.

Karen said...

The thanksgiving that always plays out in my head was when I was in high school and the whole family was at my mom's house. Nothing in particular stands out from that day, but it was the last thanksgiving that we were all together. Now, each year I try to remember that year and think fondly of those who are no longer among us. I miss them all deeply.

Krissy said...

I think my favorite Thanks giving has to be 3 years ago. I had just gotten married and had our first child before Thanksgiving. My parents, my husband's parents, all came out, and it was just a great time for everyone! I was so happy to have my little boy here and my family that there was nothing that could being me down!

FrancineB said...

I don't remember a specific Thanksgiving, but just Thanksgiving in general. Macy's Thanksgiving parade on the TV when we woke up and then dinner. Turkey with Mom's special savory stuffing, mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans with mushrooms and onions, rolls, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and lots and lots of dessert. :) After cleanup, it was football with turkey sandwiches later on in the evening if you got hungry.

Since there was 7 of us kids, the younger ones always got delegated to the children's table. The number was determined by how many guests we had over.

Now that we are older, we have the same dinner at Mom's house, and I still eat at the children's table, but with my kids now. All of us kids pitch in with the dinner instead of Mom cooking it all. We still watch football always hoping the Cowboys will win and sometimes they do. lol

I love Thanksgiving!

Martha said...

My favorite Thanksgiving as a child was one where we had an auction. Everyone was given play money and was to make and bring a Christmas decoration or treat. Then we used our play money to "buy" the items in the auction. Too much fun!!

zoesimm said...

my favorite Thanksgiving was at my Great Aunt's house on the beach...she let me lay with her valuable collectors dolls, drink from her gorgeous tea sets & play with her jars of pretty buttons on her bed. I was in heaven.

Janie said...

I don't have a favorite Thanksgiving day but favorite memories. I think what I enjoyed most on Thanksgiving day as a kid was after dinner going over to the neighbors and hanging out with their extended family. We all just had so much fun hanging out for the evening.

Jennifer Holmes said...

It's hard to pick just one, but really all my Thanksgivings as a child were pretty great. We always had a big family gathering at my grandparents' house and TONS of food. Everyone brought something, and I always looked forward to the special dishes that were only made for the holidays. Yummm...

Jewel said...

I loved Thanksgiving as a child. My Grandma cooked the most wonderful meal and had 3 desserts to pick from - all from scratch of course! She had these wonderful tulip shaped salt and pepper shakers that for some reason I always think of. After the meal, she would always surprise the grandkids with little presents. I just love being with family and smelling the turkey cooking - doesn't get any better than that!

LisaNRoxy said...

Three years ago - the last Thanksgiving we had with my mom before she passed away. The only thing I can remember that was different than this year is that she was with us.

Penny Dreadfuls from MIDesign said...

It is very difficult to pick a stand out day, but my favorite Thanksgiving tradition has always been watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. I have watched the parade every year for as far back as I can remember. When I was young my sisters and I would gather around the TV and watch it start to finish. To this day, It is still a big part of my day. I still head over to my Mom and Dad'd house bright and early to catch the parade with my family before the feast. Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same with out it. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Matt

So Many Scraps said...

I guess because children can so easily get confused and Thanksgiving always means turkey, that is why I got confused the year I got chicken poxs on thanksgiving and when my grandparents arrived I pulled up my pj shirt and said "LOOK GRANDMA! I Have turkey poxs!!!" my grandmother chuckled about it all day long!!! it was always a pleasure to see my grandmother smile!!! Sure would love to see that smile again! Someday I will in heaven

hollystar said...

my favorite memory is simply gathering as a family and enjoying the day at my grandmother's house. after dinner was over and everyone was stuffed, we could officially "start christmas". in my family this ment getting out some really horrible old records out. like the dogs barking christmas carols and the drunken 12 days of christmas. *sigh* i need a cd of those songs...

Jingle said...

My favorite memories are from the day AFTER Thanksgiving, actually! We always went to cut down our Christmas tree and before that we would get together with a bunch of people and have a really yummy breakfast at our favorite breakfast place!

Liz :) said...

oh yumm... I remember the one and only Thanksgiving that my ENTIRE family was at my grandparents, that's her 6 children, 17 grandchildren, and 4 great grand children, it was a while ago because she now has 21 grand, 12 great and 3 great, great grandchildren. But it was the best Thanksgiving, tons of food, everyone together, and stories being told.
P.S. You don't have to enter me in the giveaway, I won the last one, which by the way I got in the mail yesterday! :) it's great, thank you!

alohatammi said...

A favorite Thanksgiving was the first Thanksgiving dinner I cooked all by myself to celebrate with my fiance. Our kitchen was about the size of a small walk in closet but it made up for its size by the memories it made. The apartment smelled so good and I was happy that I was actually getting it all together without too much trouble.... When it was time to serve dinner the turkey looked perfect, the mashed potatoes were whipped, cranberry sauce and other side dished served up. Then it came time to remove the stuffing (or dressing) from the bird. I unhitched his skin back door compartment and OMG!!! The dressing was DRY!!! I didn't know you had to add liquid to the dressing. I thought the juices from the bird all soaked into the stuffing and that's how it got to be so moist. Ha! It was all pretty funny and we laughed about it hysterically. It is still a great memory.

Tammi
http://3littlebirdz.com

Michelle said...

I have lots of various thanksgiving memories... but most of all, I just LOVED sitting and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade every year..... and waiting for Santa to show up at the end.... it's truly the beginning of the holiday season for me... and I just continue to love it!

jo-ann said...

my family is so widespread so the most memorable Thanksgiving is spending it together with my parents, brother and sister! we would all get the giggles and even my " stoic " dad couldnt help but join in too!

sonja bekker said...

My favorite Thanksgiving,mmm when i was a little girl i lived in toronto,i was born there.I know i will never forget Thanksgiving.
but now we ar living in the netherlands,and here thay don t
have it,that made me sad when i was a little girl.

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CraftADDict said...

That is hard. I am not sure if I have a specific one. any thanksgiving before my great-grandmother died. I miss her like crazy and feel like a part of me is gone. She was the best.