Another month is upon us and it’s the start of the Holiday season. November is notorious for Thanksgiving and prepping for the upcoming Christmas holidays. When it came time to decide what my November feature would be I decided to keep it simple. This month I will be posting about Giving Thanks for different things leading up to Thanksgiving. But that won’t be the only topic of this month!
I decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner for my family…just not on Thanksgiving and not with turkey or stuffing. (What, how could you?!) You see my husband works for a hospital so in our household holidays don’t always have to be celebrated on the actual day designated by a calendar. Since we started dating, Judd has worked a multitude of holidays. From Thanksgiving nights, Christmas day to Easter. Because hospitals remain open no matter what the holiday is he is dedicated to working them. You may think it’s ridiculous to not spend time with a spouse on a holiday but you learn to make it work! For instance, last year while Judd worked on Christmas day, I went and saw Into The Woods with every other family in the greater North Florida region. It was awesome! We did our “Christmas Day” rituals on Christmas Eve so we could spend time doing the things most families do on the actual day.
We came up with the great idea to host our first Thanksgiving this year. Now that we are into a bigger place and married it gave us an excuse to do so. I have been looking forward to this moment since I was old enough to know what the holidays were! Since Judd is working on Thanksgiving, we decided to host our version of Thanksgiving on the Saturday after. Both of our parents will come up and my brother is even going to be able to join. (Haven’t spent a holiday with him in such a long time!) But instead of doing another turkey and the traditional Thanksgiving foods we decided to have our twist on it…An Italian Thanksgiving Dinner! Which means homemade pasta sauce, wine cooked thin spaghetti and Judd’s grandmother’s meatballs. I am sure our parents will be sick of Turkey by Saturday so what better meal to offer than an Italian one!
Over the next few weeks I will document my process leading up to the big dinner. (Mailing invitations, cleaning my great-grandmother’s good china and preparing the menu.) I am looking forward to sharing the experience with you guys! The Monday following our Thanksgiving gathering I will share pictures and stories of how everything went. Wish me luck!