My family is big on traditions – we like to cook the same things for holidays, we make plans to visit the same holiday displays each year. For us it’s all about keeping up the old traditions and sometimes even making new ones.
At Thanksgiving our family tradition means dinner at my mom and dad’s house with turkey, mashed potatoes, my dad’s homemade cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing (IN the turkey and out), rolls, and pies. We spend the day hanging out, watching football, and having fun. And there is always some good-humored arguing about when dinner is going to be ready, if the turkey is going to be done on time, and does the turkey has enough “liquid” in the pan to make gravy. (It always does.)
But for the first time ever my family isn’t celebrating a “traditional” Thanksgiving at home this year. And I’m totally OK with that!
This year, we’re packing up and going to the Walt Disney World Resort for Thanksgiving. And by “we” I mean me, my husband, our kids, my sister and her family, and my mom and dad. ‘Chaos Party of 10’ is what we call ourselves.
We’re all rather excited about our Thanksgiving at Disney! Instead of gathering around mom and dad’s table we’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with Mickey Mouse and his pals. We’ll still be getting up early on Thanksgiving but it’ll be for breakfast with a Beast rather than to stuff a turkey. We won’t be watching football on Turkey Day, we’ll be enjoying some fun at the theme parks!
It might not be a traditional Thanksgiving Day but I like the idea of starting a few new traditions this year. And the fact that we’ll be at Disney World makes it even more magical.
While Thanksgiving at Disney World won’t be an annual event it’s nice to make some changes to the family holiday routine every now and then. (Plus, we still get to have our traditional Thanksgiving meal a week after we return!)
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! We’d love to hear about your family traditions during the holidays!