Thanksgiving’s Almost Here

November 25, 2019

Pat Maurer

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and with it, the Christmas rush begins.

We will be celebrating twice this year, heading to Grand Haven for a huge get-together with my brother’s family and back home again to get ready for ours on Saturday.

For years we have celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday, mostly because of deadlines and putting the paper together. It always seemed easier to wait for the weekend.

I don’t have all those deadlines anymore, except for putting the paper together, (which now we both help to do) And that chore, putting the newspaper to bed, always happens on the day before Thanksgiving so I’m glad our family get together is delayed a bit!

Now our big holiday is always Saturday because that is the day the family, most of them anyway, can come for our annual turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Both daughter Lisa and daughter-in-law Micki have to work on the actual holiday, so this works out best for everyone.

We should have between 13 and 15 for dinner this year and of course we will roast the big bird to perfection.

Jack will make his famous pumpkin pies, everyone will bring a dish to pass and we will all probably eat way too much and enjoy the afternoon together. This has been a really special holiday in our family for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I remember lots of family, lots of food, good conversations, board games, and washing dishes for hours afterwards – it was worth it.

These days the dishwasher will take up some of that chore, although we will still spend lots of time in front of the sink cleaning up I know.

When our family began to host the annual event, the kitchen was where we all gathered for most of the day. The kids all chipped in to grind up the goodies for stuffing. They fought over that chore and also helped me mix up the ingredients for pies and desserts. The menu is pretty much the same, but these days the grandkids (and at least one “great”) all chip in and help too.

There will be lots to do to put this dinner together. You know I read somewhere once that the average number of calories consumed per person on that one day of the year is over 3,000. It is easy to believe because I always manage to cook way too much stuff. We stick to the traditional fare: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, yams, a vegetable, rolls and a couple different things for dessert.

Wow! After eating two Thanksgiving dinners this year, I will have to skip meals for at least three days after that. Na, strike that. Then I would have to give up leftovers and turkey is my favorite!

We always have lots of help with the preparation and both Micki and Lisa will bring their specialties I’m sure.

In between all of the festivities somewhere, we always manage to find time to be a little “thankful” for all of the good things we are blessed with.

Thanks to all of you customers and faithful readers, the paper is still going and growing. I’m thankful I still get to help out with the business that was such a big part of my life for so many years.

Thanks to God, we are lucky enough to live in the best country in the world and in a part of that country where old-fashioned values are still in style.

Americans are always a nation of chronic complainers and we can be especially thankful we live in a place where we feel free enough to do that! Most of that freedom we can attribute to the efforts of our service men and women, many of whom won’t be here to share the feast this year. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

No matter how or when you celebrated, whether you do it at home, or go out for the big dinner, it really is a great holiday. Maybe it is one of the very best because there’s no stress, no wrapping and no deadlines to meet. Just good times with the ones you love.

Makes this holiday a pretty special one, doesn’t it?

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