This year marked a pretty big milestone in the Fagan house. This Thanksgiving was our tenth year hosting our favorite of all holidays. We love Thanksgiving because it is a time to truly appreciate family, without the distraction of gifts and other commercial nonsense, and to simply feast upon Rumi’s words to “today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.”
This year I tried to fully embrace these words, because even though the people who physically sit around our table have changed drastically these last few years, there is still so much for which our hearts can be thankful. It can be so easy to focus on Loss and fall into his grip because it often feels as if he is just waiting there at the ready to close his fingers around us. But instead, this year I chose to reflect upon all the joy that has filled our dining room over the course of the past ten years. Change and loss are definite parts of life, but on this day of thanksgiving, I chose to allow myself to be filled with joy, and love, and gratitude. For it is all about perspective isn’t it? Choosing a positive lens through which to look at the world can be so powerful and life changing.
For about six years now, my hubby and I have been the proud hosts of our family’s annual Thanksgiving celebration. We prepare for this day all year long, with our next year’s theme in mind before the current year’s festivities have concluded. We gather the necessary ingredients from farmer’s markets, local farmers and our own garden throughout the year, and take the necessary steps to preserve that food until the big day.
The week of Thanksgiving, the whole family assembled in the kitchen to fashion the meal. This year we faced a few road blocks, like a daddy who was sick the entire week prior to the feast, and I can’t leave out the fact that my oven broke on Wednesday. Yes, the oven. It is a wonderful blessing that I live so close to my parents. I just strapped on my running shoes and ran pies back and forth the whole day. So really, it worked out quite nice. I got in a bit of a work out, so that I could eat more of the pie 🙂
The theme of this year’s event was “An Ancestral Celebration,” so we spent the day honoring those members of our family who are no longer with us. We feasted upon recipes from their recipe boxes, and relished in the grateful bliss of food, family and fun.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season that is now upon us.