“What are you guys doing for Thanksgiving?”
I get this question every year, and most people are always surprised with my reply.
“Staying home, cooking, eating all day, while in our pajamas.”
What were our Thanksgiving like, a couple years ago? Super stressful…
Deciding who’s house we were going to, or if we were hosting it at home. Figuring out what dish, we were taking or making. Picking out outfits for 4 kids to insure they would all look decent. While at the family members house, I would stress over the children acting right. I would also then have to deal with my picky eaters asking me questions like, “Mom, why aren’t there any mash potatoes?” Or, “Mom, what is that? Do I really have to eat it?” This left them limited to only the dish we had taken.
Thanksgiving became a stressful production, that I began to fear. I had to find a way to simplify it and not lose the reason of my favorite holiday, in all the busyness. So, one year I decided my party of six was just staying home. I thought I would make everyone’s favorites, so we would all be full and content. And since it would just be us, we could be in our most comfortable attire… our pajamas. Then I thought, what tradition can we start? How can I make it, our Thanksgiving? That’s when the idea of each person creating their own dish, to contribute to the holiday, was born.
I am a lover of traditions, and having a family has inspired me to create some of our own. Leading up to Thanksgiving, I take each child out to get the ingredients for the dish they are making. I absolutely live on one on one time with my babies, and this provides a wonderful opportunity to partake in that. I love seeing their excitement in putting the dish together, making it their own, and feeling accomplished when it is like by the family.
And this is how the Browne’s stress-free Thanksgiving came to be. Some might say, “But you are not spending it with family and friends.” Which is understandable. But my thought is that we should be intentional about spending time with love ones, throughout the year, not only on designated holidays. So, we celebrate joys and accomplishments with family and friends, any opportunity we get, no matter how small they may be.
Today is Thanksgiving and I am writing this while the turkey is in the oven, and you guessed it, while in my pajamas. We are having two types of meat today because Ilyana’s choice of dish was teriyaki chicken, which is her favorite. We currently have three potato dishes; mash potatoes, potato salad, and crispy parmesan roasted potatoes, which is a new dish I am making for the hubby.
While not your traditional Thanksgiving, it is our Thanksgiving, and truly my most favorite holiday of the year.
However, you choose to spend today, I pray you all spend it as content and blessed as we are spending it.
Happy Thanksgiving from Mi Party of Six!