Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! Thanksgiving is a time to get together, laugh, play, enjoy each others company. A time to be grateful for all the blessings we have in life.

It is a time where new and old traditions are created. This year is going to be particularly  different Thanksgiving for me. I am not embarking on the “traditional” cook fest that I have been on for the last two years. Two years ago, my mother-in-law told us that she was going on a trip of a lifetime with her friends that would take her out of the country.

That’s fantastic and all. For a person like me, being accustomed to having my mother do the holiday feast, then to my mother-in-law saying this is her holiday where she loves to shine. Truly enjoying having the family and extended family and friends join in on the love. To having to do it all myself.

I was up for the challenge two years ago. So much so that I replicated my mother-in-laws thanksgiving dinner to a T. No one would have known she didn’t make the dinner unless they knew she was out-of-town.

For fun, I decided to keep up with the new tradition I was starting for my family last year. Having young children, I thought it would be a good thing for them to see their mom cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Why not? They should know that their mom was capable of providing a full on feast, just like both of their grandmothers. I try to keep with what I try to teach them. To be gracious and generous with their time and who they spend it with. We also opened up our home to a friend of my husbands who didn’t have family near to enjoy the holiday with us. It was a nice thing to do. Being generous is what this season is all about.

This year is a little different. I am busier then ever. My husband isn’t around to assist me in the kitchen as my sous chef. Like so many others, my husband has to work this year. I figured that is my out this year. Having to do a full on dinner for my family, my mother and father, in-laws, and my in-laws’ in-laws, is a bit much to take on by myself. So I graciously bowed out to my mother-in-law.

Why not? She is getting older and one day she is not going to want to cook any dinner at all. Although, it brings her much joy to cook for people, one day she is going to say its time to leave it up to me and her daughter to keep on the family tradition and she will sit back and enjoy. As she should.

I decided on doing my usual of bring a dish of her asking to go along with the menu she set forth. Enjoy the fruits of the labor of our older generation. Being able to enjoy what they have to offer is one I truly love to partake in. It reminds me of my grandmothers cooking in the kitchen for the holiday they too also loved. My grandmothers have since gone on to be with the Lord. As a mother, I enjoy watching my children gleaming with joy as they watch their grandmothers on this holiday.

My children will remember this holiday as something special to be spent with family, friends and giving back.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have family near to spend the holiday with. There will always be someone there to open an invitation to their home for you to enjoy the season. All you have to do is speak up. Don’t shy away from the topic of conversation. You never know what kind of bond will build between you and your friends if you don’t step out on faith.

Happy holiday season to you & yours. Until next time. I will try to update my Instagram with lots of pics within the next few days of all the fun family gatherings of this year.