I've always loved this day before Thanksgiving. Typically, the house would be busy with preparation for a big dinner tomorrow and filled with yummy smells from the kitchen. I love doing Thanksgiving dinner, but this year I love even more that my stepmom is doing it. She and my dad gallantly offered to have the whole crowd at their place. It's been such a busy couple of months for us, that I am only too glad to hand it over. Two of my kids will be with their in-laws, so there will be no babies. Instead we'll get to focus on our eldest son who has good-naturedly taken a back seat this year at our family gatherings.
I'm going to work for a few hours today and Dan will, too. Later, we'll take in a movie, something we haven't done in ages. Something light and fun, probably the new Diane Keaton and John Goodman Christmas movie. Tomorrow morning, I'll watch the parade while making the dressing to take for dinner. Dressing is my favorite recipe to make on Thanksgiving. I found it in our newspaper years ago, and it became my father-in-law's favorite. I always think of him while I'm making it. My dad likes raisins in his, so I make two batches.
With a snowy forecast for Thanksgiving and the weekend, several of our neighbors put their Christmas lights up early this week. I love seeing the bright lights through the windows and sharing in their anticipation. This will be a good weekend to start the new Jan Karon book. My friend Christine gave me a copy of it, and I've been saving it for a time when I can neglect housework, laundry and chores, and read it through in a couple of sittings.
If you're someone who has to work tomorrow and Friday, many thanks to you for keeping everything going while the rest of us have a few days off. Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, whether it's your first, or one of many!