While thinking of some ideas to blog about, I came across a question that interested me. The question was how well can you describe in detail a typical Thanksgiving day? While this question is a very interesting one and one that can be very different depending on the individual, I believe this is the best way to describe a typical Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day normally starts out around ten o’clock in the morning and earlier if we are hosting Thanksgiving. For this example we will be attending Thanksgiving at a relative’s house. Around eleven o’clock in the morning we will pack up and get in the car. If we are bringing any supplies we will normally stop at Vons or Albertsons to grab them. Once we grab all necessary items we will proceed to the hosting relative’s house.
Once we arrive, we park along the curb, which is about 6 feet away from anywhere from 5 – 10 children playing baseball on a very miniscule grass field, otherwise known as a front lawn. These children are having a blast and almost do not even acknowledge the arriving vehicles due to their concentration level. We will simply grab the supplies we brought along with us and attempt sneaking past these child athletes in the lawn without being hit by a ball, child running the bases, or the bat slipping out of a set of juvenile hands as they sprint as fast as they can to the left hand corner of the lawn, first base.
Once we make it to the patio we are safe. From the patio we can smell an amazing aroma coming from everywhere, at least it seems this way, the aroma is a very hardy one and the only thing you realize at this point is whether you are hungry or full your mouth begins to water. We open up the cream white door with a window at the top, that we can see strange eyes investigating us from a distance through the door, to find a group of teenage cousins and some of their friends watching television while sitting in an unusual silence while drinking soda and eating chips with some sort of dip. A few of these teenagers will be very excited and enthusiastically greeting us, as the others sit by appearing to be in shock over these outgoing teenage greeters. After addressing all of these teenage relatives, even the incredibly shy ones that get as red as a tomato when you pay them an unusually generous amount of attention, we proceed towards the kitchen with the supplies we brought. On the way to the kitchen we pass and say hello to a number of relatives either joining the television viewing in the living room or heading outside to their vehicle to grab something left behind.
Once we enter the kitchen the crowd seems to erupt with an outgoing crowd of excited people. Everyone seems to be huddled around some type of delicious yet very unhealthy finger food that is sitting on the Center Island or table. We speak with the hosting relative who is so excited to see us and continue to an empty space of counter top where we have been told to put the supplies that we’ve brought. Once we set this down it seems like hug after hug and “hey how are you”, after “hey how are you”. This is a delightful part of the holiday we simply take some time and catch up with the relatives we haven’t seen in some time and meet either new faces or friends of relatives that always seem so delighted to be joining us at this Thanksgiving gathering. This continues for about an hour or so and you talk to what seems like everyone on earth. Now it is around two o’clock and you’ve noticed one of the children from the front have rallied their father to assemble a larger group of adults to play a game of two hand touch football in the front yard or in the street.
This father is easily swayed because he is super competitive and a sports junky, so now his job is to rally the rest of the adults which is not a big challenge for him. From this part it seems most of the men and women separate, most of the women and some of the men stay inside and eat finger foods while talking back and forth however the majority of the men, children, and some women head outside to join in the Thanksgiving football game. This is a very intense game for some of us, matter of fact it is sometimes so intense we even end up with an injury or two, although this game only last us about thirty minutes to an hour when we all are exhausted afterward. Next we are called inside because the food is ready and it is now time to go and stuff ourselves with delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
This is an unusually early dinner, normally around three or four o’clock. The food is distributed almost in a buffet style with children allowed to take first dibs, then the women are allowed to go, and lastly the grown men get their run at the food. This is probably so the men do not take all the food and leave just barely enough for one serving once their done. Once everybody has their food we split up to either an adult’s table and a children’s table with one or two straggling adults sitting at the children’s table and children sitting at the adults table. Before the host of this feast begins to eat he or she will normally silence everyone and have them say thanks for one thing they are thankful for. After this it seems we are all out to the races with just enough breaks in eating to talk a little about work, take a drink, or breath. This dinner is followed by a few family members’ second helping of food or the wise family members simply save the extra room for the pie and other deserts to come.
After the dinner the majority of the family sticks together in the living room typically talking with a background sound of the television playing some holiday movie or show. This part of the get together is typically the best because by this time all of the family has loosened up and is talking freely and joyfully about all kinds of different things. This goes on for about an hour until the host then says “I think it time we pull out desert”!
As the desert is all prepared the remainder of the family sits and waits excited. Once it is ready we all help ourselves to a couple servings of a variety of pies and other festive holiday foods. At this point one by one people begin to leave and go home and one by one it seems the party is coming to an end there is a smile on everyone’s face and it was a fun event, which all the family agrees will happen again very soon and far more often.