Giving Thanks For The Turkey

I remember a few years ago when my son (the one who had me bawling my eyes out in the last post!) told me his favorite holiday was Thanksgiving.  Not Christmas or his Birthday, where he is showered with gifts.  Not Halloween, where he is showered with candy.  Thanksgiving!  It made me happy then, and it makes me happy now.

And I have to agree~ my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving! There is something so wonderfully wonderful about the smell (and the taste!) of the turkey and the stuffing and the gravy and the sweet potatoes and the cranberries… and the pies!  Oh dear Lord, the pies!

We all come together and we eat and we drink and we are merry.  And we enjoy the leftovers at least as much as we enjoyed the meal itself.  And then we wait an entire year to do it again.  This post was originally going to be about gratitude, but it’s taken an unexpected turn.

Why do I make a turkey only on Thanksgiving?  It’s inexpensive, easy enough to prepare, feeds many people for many days and it makes us all ecstatically happy.

Why don’t I make a turkey more than once a year?
Do you?

And to all the turkeys out there, do you have any idea how thankful we are for you?

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17 Responses to Giving Thanks For The Turkey

  1. This post did not surprise me that you and your son loved Thanksgiving! That is the day of Thanks and Giving.Knowing you the way I do, everyday is Thanks & Giving day to you! The only difference is on this one you make and eat the Turkey. :O)

  2. I LOVVVVVVVVVVVE Thanksgiving!

  3. Jack Ryan

    It was my favorite then, and it’s my favorite now. In a country whose calendar is filled with a handful of holidays that have become overshadowed by our (silly) need to run our wallets dry, it’s nice to know there will always be one day a year where we can sit down and appreciate what we already have…

    …Until the next morning when we’ll all ferociously bombard the nearest Walmart at 4 AM to try and save 30% on a new TV. ;)

    See you in a couple days, mommy. :)

    • Linda Ryan

      Oh…My…GOD!!!
      You just made my day/week/month/year/life. Thanks for your awesome comment, Jack. (And your sisters wonder WHY you are my favorite! KIDDING Whitney and Kelsey…KIDDING!!!)

  4. Hello Linda,
    I love your blog and as always you make me think. My favorite holiday is Christmas because of the true meaning of Christmas. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, because I love the act of giving. I believe receiving starts with giving and the act of giving brings so much joy to everyone. Thanks again and keep your great blogs coming.

    Mike

    • Linda Ryan

      Thank you, Mike! Giving AND receiving…like breathing out AND breathing in, right? So glad you stopped by and enjoy the blogs!

  5. Your son is right….Thanksgiving is all about family, food and fun times! We’re all so blessed…Give Thanks!

  6. Linda, I just read Jack’s comment. WOW, you have raised an amazing kid (three amazing kids, actually, but I just happened to read Jack’s comment). Not only is he very intelligent and communicates his thoughts clearly and powerfully, but he calls his Mommy…”Mommy.” THAT is a great kid!

  7. Linda Ryan

    Oh Bob, thank you so much for appreciating Jack’s comment and for the kind words about my “mommy-ship”. It’s moments like the one when I read Jack’s comment, that make all the days of parenting, especially the trying ones, SO SO SO worth it! And it’s reading comments like yours and the others that make me so happy I blog about this stuff. Thank you my friend, very much.

  8. Hi Linda,
    Halloween was my favorite Holiday for the longest time but now it is Thanksgiving. The weather where I live is still bearable, awesome food and people, and of course my favorite Football team is playing that day as well.

    Take Care.

  9. julie

    Love the photo of you and Jack!

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