For the first time in more years than I can remember, we are not having Thanksgiving dinner at our house. Of the 3 big family celebrations each year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, there are 3 of us who take turns hosting it in our homes.
I love having Thanksgiving here, so it was a mixed blessing to give it up and take Easter instead. One, I love the colors of fall, the deep reds and golds that make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Two, the scents of fall bring pumpkin, apple and cinnamon and spiced oranges to mind. Three, I have to admit, that I do love bringing out the china that has been so fun to collect through the years at the Charlotte Flea Market. Oh, and the sweet little pilgrim salt and pepper shakers from Publix. Fourth, the food! Pulling the gorgeously bronzed turkey from the oven is always a bit scary and thrilling at the same time. Is it done? Is it too done? Which makes me remember the Thanksgiving that one of our ovens quit leaving us with a not done turkey and stacking everything in the oven that did keep working! But the Big Flea is no longer and I have enough of the china now, so maybe it’s time to share this holiday and just bring food rather than scrambling around cleaning, polishing, refreshing, redoing, setting and worrying! And as I sit here writing this blog, I realize that I am actually thankful that I have extra time to think about other things and not running around getting ready for a big lunch! But of course, March will find me cleaning, polishing, refreshing, redoing, setting AND getting the backyard in shape. Ahhh, but that’s months away!
Next week will be all the school celebrations and I can’t wait to go take photos of some of the grandchildren decked out in their pilgrim finery. Actually our oldest granddaughter will be a tree, complete with colorful real leaves stuck all around her. She’s the narrator of their Thanksgiving play. Last year, in the pages shown below, she was Chief Massasoit, and had that regal headdress that could be seen even from behind the curtain!
I looked back over previous blogs since pixels2Pages.net began in 2010 and it was so fun to see the different memories of each year. Yes, our team has changed and our company is now a part of Forever but the basic premise of each of us wanting to learn and to share what we’ve learned is still strong.
Our family Thanksgivings have of course changed through these 6 years, Our grandchildren have gone from tiny babies being fed at the grownup table, to having a small table of their own. But now those little legs are longer and I’m not sure they’ll still fit under the children’s table! Hmm, something to remember for next year.
The following paragraphs are from my first p2P November blog and I don’t think I can say it any differently this year. But I did add in a couple of updates!
“Though we come from different countries and celebrate in a variety of ways and traditions, we can all be thankful for similar things; family, friends, health, experiences, and strengths are blessings that we share. We have so much to be grateful for.
In addition to the list above, I am grateful to all of you who have faithfully tuned in to Pixels2Pages for the past seven months. (2016 means 6 years!) You’ve supported us, cheered us, encouraged us and helped us to keep exploring because of your passion to learn new techniques to help you preserve your memories.
And I am thankful for the friendship of this team – women from all over the world who have come together to help others celebrate their photos and life stories. (2016 – And I am grateful to Forever for bringing our whole p2P team together for a wonderful week of work, planning, and fun at Tiki this year before the Forever Live in Nashville.)
When I think of our team, a quote from Albert Schweitzer comes to mind, “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” That spark has come from fellow team members and it has also come from many of you too. Thank you.”
These are pages in our 2015 Family Album. Sadly we are missing someone at our Thanksgiving table this year. My sweet sister in law is no longer with us, but I know she’ll be with us in spirit and in our thoughts!
Content used: Creative Memories: Fall 2012 Customer Appreciation Kit, Autumn Breeze DK; Font: Abbeyline