My wife and I don't make a huge deal out of holidays.
There are a number of different reasons for this, but the most important is that I'm not always home for them. I've been fortunate the last couple years to be around for most celebrations, but that hasn't always been the case, and it certainly won't be in the future. When you make a massive deal out of holidays when you're together, they become even more painful when you're apart. As a result, we tend to keep things low-key and just celebrate family as much as possible.
Thanksgiving this year was no exception.
We started the day out with a simple fritata for breakfast. Then, I went for a run while the kids were playing with their train set. Once I returned, we all sat down and watched one of my favorite movies from my childhood, Homeward Bound. Just like when I was a kid, there wasn't a dry eye in the house when the credits rolled. We had sandwiches for lunch and then decided to start attacking a jigsaw puzzle that my wife picked out specifically for the occasion. Please refer to this old post if you would like to know how much I enjoyed that. We Skyped with the family for awhile and then got ready for dinner.
My wife is a pescetarian (a vegetarian who eats fish), and our daughter hates most meat, so our Thanksgiving dinner is probably different than most. We picked up some beautiful ahi tuna steaks from a seafood store not far from our house. CinC HOUSE seared them perfectly and we dressed them up with some coconut rice and squash. It was delicious, and we chased it down with a slice of pumpkin cheese cake.
The highlight of the night came as we were getting ready to eat and we all said what we were thankful for. My wife and Princess said that were thankful for family, food, and shelter. I said that I was thankful to just be home. When it was Little Dude's turn, however, he looked at us with a straight face and said,
"I'm thankful for Star Wars."
We all got a great laugh out of that and settled in for the meal. After dinner, we all took up places in the living room and watched another movie together, Dumbo. I fell asleep about half-way through it, but I was told that the kids really enjoyed it. After that, we all went to bed and felt extremely satisfied with our day.
It probably wasn't a Thanksgiving that most people would find exciting.
We didn't watch a parade or football. There wasn't any turkey, stuffing, or cranberry sauce. There was just a small family that was extremely grateful to be together. At the end of the day, that was good enough for us. We're now going to follow it up with a non-traditional Black Friday (I worked at Wal-Mart too long to even think about leaving the house today). After breakfast, we're going to make ourselves a batch of beer! We will then spend the next three weeks trying to complete the jigsaw puzzle.
I sincerely hope that your holiday was as enjoyable as ours. Happy Thanksgiving from the Military Dad Blog family to yours.
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