Thanksgathering

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, always has been. Even as a kid the absolute, pure fun of gathering with my family for a whole weekend of visiting, games, and food was better than Christmas.

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Our family Thanksgathering may be a little different from most. We meet at a lodge in New Hampshire (or as I like to call it, a neutral location) This means no one family has the stress of hosting. It also means we have access to a commercial sized kitchen, a walk-in fridge, and bunk rooms for everyone to sleep in. People start arriving Wednesday afternoon and the fun goes on for days.* Everyone brings food – something for the feast, some dessert, eggs and bacon for breakfast, fruit for snacks throughout the day, a dish for the Friday night potluck… Between us all every meal is covered.

I have memories as a child of not even realizing that I was related to all these people. They were just the cool kids who’d somehow been invited to this awesome thanksgiving get together. We frequently have discussions about how so-and-so is a second cousin once removed whereas this other person is a first cousin three times removed… How many people even know relatives that distant?

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This year several of the regulars weren’t able to attend. We had fun even though they were missed, and we still managed to have 62 people for dinner on thursday.

I hope your holiday was good too!

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In other news, commenter #8 -Diana- won the give-away for Everneath. Congratulations!

*well Saturday is mostly for cleaning and travel.

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4 responses to “Thanksgathering

  1. she’s neglecting to mention how much knitting she managed to accomplish. Not to mention the two relatives who began the weekend as knitting-nervous who were knitting happily away after her instruction. . .

  2. It looks like a wonderful time. I’m glad you were able to gather with so many relatives – I know holidays can be hard when you’ve lost someone close, esp recently. Can’t wait to see the knitting, too.

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