|Looks like someone tried to turn a Christmas nativity into a Thanksgiving scene. The seasons are blurring.|
Still, Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. Something about the food coma, family, football, the endless variations of pumpkin pie. I used to add the start of Christmas movies to my list but those have been going on for a while now too. Yes, I've indulged.
|Yep, this is upside down for a reason. Reading a new biography of Rockwell kind of turned me upside down when it came to what I knew about the famous artist and his time.|
With all the talk about stores opening on Thanksgiving (ugh, I prefer the after meal walk outside, not walk around the mall) and reading a new biography about Norman Rockwell, I've been thinking about what a "traditional" Thanksgiving really means. Many folks are familiar with his "Freedom from Want" poster featuring a family around a table eagerly awaiting the turkey Grandma is about to set down. Folks take as the representation of a traditional Thanksgiving. When you read the background on Rockwell, you realize how nontraditional he was in real life.
|I know people eat strange things at Thanksgiving and have weird superstitions when it comes to football. Come on, confess.|
But sadly, my grandson refuses to eat his mom's apple pie. He is a pumpkin traditionalist and he's only five years old. And his sister follows his lead. So their mommy made a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin and now they look at her in awe. Another new tradition was born for this holiday season.
What are must haves for Thanksgiving dinner? I checked with friends. What a list!
- Two kinds of stuffing (bread or cornbread) was mentioned several times. That one made me chuckle because my mom used both in her recipe.
- Don't ask people about cranberry relish because everyone's mama has a different recipe. Virginia has cranberry-orange relish like my mom made. Some folks just hide the Ocean Spray cranberry can or call it "turkey jello" like my friend Kelly's family does.
- Pie! It's not just pumpkin. It's sweet potato pecan, peanut butter, lemon meringue. Missy's pecan pie was featured yesterday in Yankee Belle.
- Pasta shows up at quite a few homes with Italian roots. Lasagna at one. Homemade ravioli at another. And then there was Mary Connealy's family who has spaghetti instead of turkey sandwiches on Thanksgiving night. I wouldn't expect anything less from her brood.
- Pintos and cornbread, creamed corn, and other veggies are served as much to honor a departed loved one as anything.
Some even spare the turkey. Gasp! And go with ham!
|My dad and his wife have a flock of wild turkeys who visit daily to be fed. How do they look them in the eye?|