“There are many reasons to celebrate, but National Mustard Day just isn’t one of them.”

This morning I got to thinking. Thanksgiving is a day, one single day of family and food. For most of us the menu is the same. Turkey has the most prominent spot on the table. It generally arrives uncut so we can ooh and ah at the beauty of the roasted bird. My dad, at the head of the table, did the carving. He’d fill a platter with slices and then tear off a leg or two to complete the dish. He was the only one who loved a leg. The rest of the meal depends on family traditions though I suspect they’ll be gravy and mashed potatoes on many a Thanksgiving table. We always had a squash and carrot dish which originated with my aunt but was tweaked by my mother who substituted butternut squash, far more seasonable, for the undefined squash in the recipe. That was always the favorite vegetable. My father got his canned asparagus. None of the rest of us ate it. My mother would cook a few more vegetables, sometimes peas, creamed onions and a new dish or two. Cranberry sauce came from the can. One year my mother made a wonderful orange cranberry sauce and served it in oranges. It wasn’t a hit, especially for my father who seldom liked anything new for the holidays. I loved it and was glad it was packed in my doggy bag.

Okay, I majorly digressed. What I was originally thinking was Thanksgiving is a single day, while it is the Christmas season, many days. I know it seems to come earlier each year, but we do have 4 Sundays of Advent, the start of the season for me. During that time there is so much to do and most of it fun. Cookies have to be made, and best of all, they have to be decorated. The house gets decorated. I alternate decorations year by year, but the tree never really changes. New ornaments are added but the usual appear every year. Cards need to be addressed and sent. I love buying Edward Gorey cards and found 2 wonderful sets of them this year. I know people sour on having to buy gifts, but I love shopping for just the right ones. Years ago one of my friends said she loves anticipating what I give her as it is always so neat which is why I love to shop. Just because I’m older (not old, older) doesn’t mean I forget the joys of the season. We decorate gingerbread houses. I play Christmas music and always sing along. I sit in the living room just to look at the tree.

Thursday is close. In the morning I’ll watch the parade, crack nuts, eat a few tangerines and some M&M’s just the way I did when I was a kid. My friends and I are going out for dinner, a new tradition started last year. I’ll probably cook a small turkey so I can have a mini Thanksgiving complete with leftovers. On Friday I’ll let everyone else shop, but on Saturday I’ll finish my list. Saturday night I’ll put my feet up, enjoy some egg nog and a Hallmark movie, and I’ll not wonder how it will end!

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14 Comments on ““There are many reasons to celebrate, but National Mustard Day just isn’t one of them.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    You mentioned that the season of Advent is upon us this Sunday and so for the first time this year (but not the last time) I casually mention in passing, that upon the third Sunday of Advent we rejoice, and ….its Gaudete Sunday….. and that brings forth the KTCC tradition of …Maddy.

    So I shall long past that long winded restaurant thingy that appears on the last Thursday in November and look forward to Gaudete.

    Mrs MDH and I will be clunking down I94 to celebrate Thanksgiving in Chicago. Luckily those stupid Bears are not featured so I don’t have to listen to the nonsense. Instead I can concentrate on The Detroit Lions against the odious Vikings. We shall see

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I would never forget our Gaudete tradition here on KTCC. I look forward to it and to the rejoicing.

      This year I can order other than turkey. The restaurant will offer a variety. Last year I chose the turkey anyway. I guess I just couldn’t get beyond the tradition.

      I eschew football on Thanksgiving. My dad was the hurry through his meal and run back to the game guy. He’d eat his pie while watching. The rest of us would clean up and sit in the kitchen enjoying our coffee and dessert.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Dear Thanksgiving turkeys,
    no asylum in nearly Thanksgiving-free Germany this year, the bird flu H5N8 is currently spreading here and dangerous for birds like you. Maybe Sweden is the better choice this time?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,

      I’m willing to go to Sweden. They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving either. I’ll just hope to avoid the bird flu!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I loved the story about your mother’s orange cranberry sauce that your father didn’t like. A similar thing happened to me. I made a delicious orange cranberry relish and I also made jellied cranberry sauce from scratch. The members of the family who were related by marriage loved the relish. The rest of the family wouldn’t touch the relish because that was too weird. They ate the jellied cranberry sauce and said it was fine but they missed the rolled one with the imprint of the can. Oh, well. 🙂
    Today wasn’t much better than yesterday. Very cold, very windy and there was a spotty collection of snow on the grass. The sun put in an appearance now and then. The dogs were not happy about going out. For some reason windy days excite them. They run everywhere, do everything very fast and leap about for no reason. It’s like they think the air is moving bigly so they should too.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I always thought the imprint of the can was a fancy design. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized it was the can. My father would also have bypassed anything home made for the can version. Remember this is the man who loved canned asparagus. Come to think of it, my sister-in-law also liked the orange cranberry sauce.

      Today was freezing but not damp for a change. We didn’t get the snow at all. It’s freezing cold right now. I just got home from my friends’ house and was glad they only live down the street so I was in my warm house quickly.

      Gracie doesn’t mind going out, but she too reacts to the wind. Maybe it is a dog thing.

      Have a wonderful evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        It’s not limited to dogs. Horses and cows do it too.
        I’ve never seen a cat do it, though. It would offend their dignitas, perhaps. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I didn’t know about horses and cows. Now I know why they all seem to huddle with heavy weather.

  4. Bob Says:

    My childhood memories of Thanksgiving start with my mother roasting the Turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing. We always had a tossed salad and sweet potatoes which were my dad’s favorites. I never knew cranberry sauce didn’t come from a can until I became an adult. My father sold cutlery and always made a big deal using the steel on the chef knife both of which had stag handles and only came out at Thanksgiving to carve the bird. Even now the only part of the Turkey I really like is the dark meat, especially the leg. Too bad they breed Turkeys with largest breast and the least dark meat.

    This year we are going out to eat Thanksgiving dinner at the Big Chinese buffet. The really big game will be the Cowboys and the Redskins. Dallas has won nine straight with a rookie quarterback and rookie running back. They haven’t won nine in a row since 1977.

    Today warmed up nicely after a chilly start in the low 50s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      You would have been right at home at my house on Thanksgiving, but we didn’t have a tossed salad. Later, when I hosted Thanksgiving, I would serve a Waldorf salad. I thought the cranberry sauce had fancy designs, not realizing I was seeing the imprint of the can. I also like dark meat.

      We are going to the Ocean House, a wonderful restaurant right on the water. We go there every Easter.

      It was cold all day!

  5. olof1 Says:

    No thanksgiving over here but I really think we need a holiday in autumn here too, with lots of food 🙂

    Christmas starts on Sunday here so lots of people are busy putting up the advent decorations here now, I’ll wait until Saturday I think. I’m not sure my electric advent candlesticks works properly, some bulbs needs to be replaced and naturally I can’t find similar to those already in them. The Advent star is already waiting by the window though.

    I managed to sprain my right wrist at work today, it hgurt so bad that I had difficulties seeing 🙂 I managed to drive home just to put down my foot in a hole close to the mailboxes, I thought I hade driven past it. I managed to survive that too 🙂 I bought a new flashlight today, one that sits on the head. The problem is that it slightly blinded me so I didn’t see the stone in the middle of the gravel road. That time it hurt so much I almost peed myself 🙂 🙂 It feels like I never will be able to walk with that foot again 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Adopting a Thanksgiving Day would never be a bad thing. It is family, however you define yours, and good food.

      Skip, my go to it guy, will be here next week to put my lights up. He does it every year so he knows what to do. I love the way my house looks at Christmas.

      You sound like me now. Be careful!!! You’re lucky you didn’t break your ankle given how many times you hurt that foot!!

      Be careful and have a better day!!


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