Thanksgiving dinner can be a very difficult time for empty nesters.
I would like to share some ideas for a Thanksgiving dinner for empty nesters. My husband and I have a blended family consisting of 8 children, their spouses/fiances, and 13 grandchildren. The first 10 years of our marriage, 7 of the 8 children lived with us so every meal was a feast and Thanksgiving always involved days of baking and cooking. They are now grown and have their own homes so we are rarely able to all be together for Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving dinner should still feel like a special meal of the year. My husband is a hunter and Thanksgiving week is the highlight of hunting time in WV. He hunts until around mid-morning and then comes in for a few hours.
I try to make it special by using fresh flowers, candles, and linen napkins. The foods do look a little strange to me served in such small dishes, but if you fix your plates and carry them to the table, it will feel like you are not missing a thing. (It is a bit more quiet though than with the family here) Continue reading EMPTY NESTERS THANKSGIVING IDEAS→
Traditions are defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. Our Thanksgiving traditions are created from memories and gatherings of people sharing their blessings.
When I was growing up, I remember that my mother cooked and baked for days preparing foods for Thanksgiving. I believe that I can still feel the warmth in our home and experience the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. One of the Thanksgiving traditions our family observed was that everyone came to our house to eat. This included grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Continue reading THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS SHARED BY GRANDPARENTS→
This year my North Carolina family was able to come to our house for a few days over Thanksgiving. My husband came home from his deer camp for the day. We had the traditional Thanksgiving dinner followed by a lot of activities.
The weather was very nice so I took the opportunity to do some outside Christmas decorating on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The boys (age 3 and 6) wanted to help me. We needed to take down the fall decorations first so that kept them busy for a while. The 3 year old wanted to get it done quickly, so he decided that he could do it by himself.
Thanksgiving dinner is over and the food was delicious. If you fixed a downsized meal you may not have a lot leftover, but why not enjoy the food that you do have.
The Caribbean-Turkey Cobb salad is a refreshing, light salad that is a total escape from the heavy Thanksgiving foods. This recipe makes 1 salad so you can adjust to make the number you want by how much turkey is leftover.
Thanksgiving traditions are created from memories.
Traditions are defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. I was thinking of my Thanksgiving traditions and asked a few of my friends to tell me about theirs.
When I was growing up I remember that my mother cooked and baked for days preparing foods for Thanksgiving. I believe that I can still feel the warmth in our home and experience the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. Everyone came to our house to eat including grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. My father and the men in our family always liked to deer hunt so they were out in the morning doing that. After dinner we drew names for our Christmas gift exchange.
When I was in high school we moved to the country and for several years the same tradition continued. My mother decided to try hunting and enjoyed it so she started going out herself. Over the years as my brother, sister and I grew up and had our own families we were not always able to be together.