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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How will you celebrate?

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving? Will it look something like this?

I was raised celebrating Thanksgiving day fairly traditionally. We would begin the day watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, followed by football. As the last of eight kids, our 20 ft table practically groaned from the weight of the turkey and all the trimmings.

"Freedom From Want" by Norman Rockwell

I've even been to Plymouth Rock and of course heard the story of the first Thanksgiving many, many times.

"The First Thanksgiving" by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris
So why on earth would I suggest to Mr. Decor that our family go to a Dude Ranch for the Thanksgiving holiday?
Over the years our family has lived in other countries where of course Thanksgiving was just another Thursday. We began a tradition of celebrating a bit differently because we had to. Once we arrived back in the states, we still lived far from family and so we continued to celebrate Thanksgiving in what many would consider an unorthodox manner. Last year had us sitting on a beach in Mexico enjoying the shrimp harvest.
But, if you think about it, a dude ranch is not so far fetched...
I bet several of the participants of the first Thanksgiving arrived on horseback.
The pilgrims and native Americans definitely ate their meal outside amongst plenty of strangers.
So, yes! My family is indeed celebrating a truly traditional Thanksgiving. I am so looking forward to it and ever so thankful for the many blessings in my life.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!


~♥~ Monica S said...

That sound lovely to me !!
(looooved the boots in the last picture by the way)
Nice to have your own tradition!

I live in one of those "just another thursday"-contries.. hehe, but I have celebrated thanksgiving twice in my life.. and the food is just delicious!!

Have a happy thanksgiving!!


Connie said...

Nothing too fancy here. Not much family to share with. The 1st tablescape is divine. And I'll take the boots please, they go with so many things that I have.

Mildred said...

Well, the dude ranch sounds like fun. Naturally, we will all be looking forward to you sharing pictures. I'm very thankful to have met you this past year and for your thoughtfulness and encouragement. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Shimmy Mom said...

That sounds like so much fun!!! I love horseback riding. Have a great time.

jewelstreet said...

A dude ranch for Thanksgiving sounds utterly fantastic!

I'll be watching the parade by myself cause no one else likes to watch it. And, we'll be having roast beef and dumplings since we all ready had Thanksgiving dinner.

Did I win those notebooks?! lol.

Mimi Sue said...

Your scrapbook paper books are so cute. I've tried some myself but yours are definitely cuter. I hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Mimi

Lorrie said...

From someone else in one of those "just another Thursday" countries, what a great way to celebrate. Our family lived in South America for years and like you, we developed our own traditions that we've adapted to suit living in Canada again.

It's the spirit of the feast that matters, not the circumstances.
Happy Thanksgiving,

The Berry's Patch said...

Hi Laura,

I'm loving all your Thanksgiving ideas! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Maija said...

Have fun!! It sounds so fabulous and unique!

Elizabeth said...

That's a great idea! I keep trying to get my family to do a cruise or island vacation for Thanksgiving.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

have a great weekend!


Vintagebella ~ Andrea said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!