Thanksgiving 2021 was a big reunion. We were so thrilled to say dinner was a “go.” With everyone having at least two doses of the vaccine and many of us already receiving a booster shot, we knew that it was time. How did you gather this year?
Green was the color of choice this year for our Thanksgiving dinner attire. The color represents balance, harmony, and growth for us. We put many of these values to the test as we spent time away from our families and friends. We learned a lot as we hit milestones away from loved ones, grieved away from family, and learned something new about ourselves. We also learned how often we take family gatherings for granted. We won’t make that mistake again.
When we met up, it didn’t take long to catch up like old times. Traditions always take the lead — even if we took off time during the pandemic. With a house full of multi-generational cooks, we knew that our meetup would be delicious.
So, what made our menu this year?
- Sweet potato pie
- Pecan pie
- Caramel-salted brownies
- Mac and cheese
- Fried turkey
- Brussel sprouts
- Homemade cranberry sauce
Oh, and of course, we created a signature cocktail and mocktail.
Then, it was time to bring on the competition. We all played a game of cards while taking on the reigning champs. Then, it was time to get moving on the dance floor. We’re a competitive family, so next, we decided who would take the crown with their best moves.
Attempting to make up for the time we have missed was hard, but we sure did try. To look around and see our family healthy and happy only brings gratitude. This Thanksgiving, there may have been an empty seat at your table. I offer my condolences, and I also empathize. Grief is a journey with so many twists and turns. You are not alone, and it is okay to feel all of the feels.
I hope you took it easy on yourself. Whether you gathered with friends, family, or a combination, I hope you walked away with a full stomach and heart.