Hosting Thanksgiving Day for the First Time

     Family, friendships, and thankfulness are simply the perfect reasons to gather together. Every year I look forward to Thanksgiving. Honestly, besides Christmas, I believe that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Who doesn’t like good food and coming together with family you only get to see occasionally?

    Every year the family grows a little more, whether it’s a new marriage or a new baby waiting to be welcomed into the fold. There are always small changes for the family to embrace. Sometimes changes are very different than what it used to be. When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was at my grandparents’ house every year. When my grandfather passed away, our Thanksgiving tradition suddenly stopped. 

Harvey H. Coles — January 26th, 1937 to May 26th, 2010

    For years after that, Thanksgiving was a quiet affair with just my grandmother, mom, and daughter. We were stuck in a sad little rut and couldn’t find our way back out. Then I met my husband. Soon we started growing our family. His family welcomed my little family into the fold with open arms. Thanksgiving day suddenly started feeling like it did back in the days of my grandfather. There was a special magic to it that I can only describe as familial love and togetherness. His family welcomed mine into the fold and we were once again whole, yet it was different.

    Now that our home is large enough to host the family, it is time for me to take up the reins. So this will be my first year to cook for everyone, make sure my house is spotless and have it decorated for the holiday. My goals are big and I’m hoping to pull them off with little to no trouble. Fingers crossed!

    Table decoration is a must! No plastic table covers on Thanksgiving at my house. I am in love with buffalo plaid print and searched online until I found buffalo plaid placemats. For Thanksgiving, I bought the black and white check print and for Christmas, I splurged and got red and black. Now I have the base for my table.

    Paper plates are not allowed on my Thanksgiving table but being a mother of 5, I couldn’t afford to go out and buy expensive plates to help elevate our table, so I did the next best thing. I went to the local dollar store and found inexpensive white plates that look great with my placemats.

    Everyone made it for Thanksgiving and was very impressed with my table. Little did they know that the whole cost of the set up was under $40. My first Thanksgiving on a budget and it was a complete success! I can’t wait for many more family dinners at my dining room table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Published by Green Briar Girl

For 13 years I was a single mother until I married my handsome husband. Fast forward five years and we have added 3 sons and a daughter to our household. With all those kids I rarely have time to myself but my love of writing will always find a way. I have written books in the past. My range of genres is from romance novels to nonfiction historical, poetry, and children's books. I am currently working on a mystery book that should be a very exciting read I hope! I also love genealogy and have created my own forms which I will post later for people to download to use. I hope you enjoy my writings and recipes that I plan on sharing with you here.

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