Our Wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner
On Thanksgiving day, our family from Kaunas and Vilnius came together for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, delicious dessert, and important family time.
Thanksgiving is a day, as the name suggest, of giving thanks. It isn’t really religious, although Who you say thanks to is your choice.
Diana and I had a fantastic year, measured from the last Thanksgiving to this one: a new house, amazing neighbors (and neighborhood), brother’s family only a minute’s drive away, I got a new job, and of course we’ve seen and are seeing our daughter growing and learning.
It’s also tradition, at least a tradition we like to keep, to state at the table, before eat, at least one thing you’re thankful for. Say it loud, say it proud, but don’t take too long (people are hungry). It really is an important thing, because although food is important, Thanksgiving is not about food.
It is about family (and friends who are like family).
Our family has been through a lot—every family has been through a lot. We bend, we break, we hopefully heal, we become strong again. And from our last Thanksgiving to this year, this was the cycle, a bending, a breaking (a fear that we wouldn’t get back), some hard healing, and now we’re stronger than ever.
So for us, that’s what we were most thankful for. All of the things we mentioned above, yes, but those things we could point at. They’re visible, easily seen. But you can’t point at a feeling, so it often goes unsaid.
But family is the most important thing.
And we were thankful for that.
Okay, so let’s get to the other important part of Thanksgiving: the food! Most of the food you can recognize from our Thanksgiving article about turkey, side dishes and desserts. Unfortunately, we were a bit too focused on eating the food, so we only had the chance to take a few pictures (and you really don’t want to mess with hungry people who are threatening you with their forks and knives).
Up first, our juicy, seductive turkey:
The all important side dishes:
For Thanksgiving dinner, my brother and I always do all the cooking by ourselves, and we always challenge ourselves with the side dishes, but mainly with dessert.
We probably made too many (3) after all that food, but seeing as it’s Thanksgiving, we forced everyone to taste all of the desserts.
My brother made a pecan pie (unfortunately not pictured), and I made the key lime pie and apple-pecan crisp.
And then, unfortunately, we all went into a coma and Friday was very difficult. We spent a great few hours, and the good thing about Thanksgiving is that it’s the beginning of a wonderful season. Right after (skipping the crazy Black Friday), the Christmas season begins: lights, music, and more food.
And that’s another thing to be thankful for.
How about you? What are you thankful for this year (if you celebrated Thanksgiving or not)? We’d love to hear from you.