Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it’s not even close.
It’s the simplest of holidays, asking only that you come together and enjoy all that you have to be grateful for.
It brings to a close the most glorious season – autumn – at the same time that it kicks off the holiday season ahead.
And it’s a quintessentially American holiday. I like that too.
The tradition at our house is that we host Thanksgiving dinner for my parents, Tom’s parents, and our out-of-town sisters (one his, one mine) and their families if they’re in town that year.
Dinner happens in the afternoon and in the evening things get kicked up (more than) a notch.
That’s when some combination of the rest of Tom’s family (he’s one of nine) and their spouses, kids, and, in some cases, grandkids, descend on the house, bringing appetizers, desserts, drinks, and lots of activity.
So our Thanksgiving is really two holidays: one a carefully planned traditional dinner, and the second a come-as-you-are free-for-all that takes on a life of its own.
Each is special in its own way.
Thanksgiving is such a big deal at our house that in September, when I celebrated a milestone birthday, I decided to give myself something I’ve been thinking about getting for a while: a set of Thanksgiving dishes.
I decided on the vintage Friendly Village pattern by Johnson Brothers and I scoured eBay for dinner plates and salad plates so I’d have a set of each.
I love the square shape of the salad plates. And the dinner plates come with lots of different scenes on them so I decided to mix them up. This scene, called The Village Street, is my favorite.
I cannot wait to see the Thanksgiving table set with these new/old plates.
I also ran across this monogrammed, silverplate gravy boat at an antique mall recently.
It’ll be great for gravy, of course, but for some reason I keep seeing salad dressing in it too.
Happy Thanksgiving season! How does your family celebrate?