Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quiet Thanksgiving

It's going to be a quiet Thanksgiving this year.

Dennis's parents were here last week, so we made a turkey and all the trimmings then. They left Monday. The rest of my siblings are with inlaws this year, so tomorrow's going to be a quiet day at the Raising Five house.

It would be tempting to take tomorrow and finish the laundry, clean house, and work on yard projects. But I don't want the lack of company to dilute the significance of what is one of my favorite holidays. We have been blessed beyond measure, and I am so thankful. I want my kids to know that we celebrate this holiday, not just because usually it's a big family shin-dig, but because God has done great things for us.

So it's out with the china, a bit of (enjoyable) slavery in the kitchen, some candles, and (for the first time ever) we get to create our very own family version of Thanksgiving Day. I'm excited.

Happy Thanksgiving! I'll see you next week!

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.

I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

Abraham Lincoln, 1863

12 comments:

Janice said...

I am so excited for you! I have always wanted the perfect excuse to have our "own" family tradition... one that doesn't involve several miles of traveling with various dishes of food or casseroles in tow! Have a blessed day and enjoy your family!

Susanne said...

Sounds wonderful to me!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Katherine.

Heather said...

This is how we celebrate yearly (divorced parents and being allergic to poultry puts a damper on family dinners.) It is nice and peaceful and we enjoy it. Have a happy thanksgiving.

julie said...

We are having a quite day tomorrow also. We are going to take the opportunity to decorate our Christmas tree together.

Have a great day together!

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Actually, this is how we celebrate Thanksgiving. Just my husband, myself, and our children. We cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal...although usually that means Ham (I'm trying my first tukey today) and we watch a movie together, play games, and just enjoy each other. I've just explained to our families that they have the Christmas holiday for all the hustle and bustle...this is our time. AND I LOVE IT!!

Julie@HighFive! said...

Have a wonderful, peaceful Thanksgiving. Loved Abrahams words, thanks for sharing that.

Jen said...

You know I have heard that quote of Abe Lincoln all my life...it is truly a great quote. I wish you and your family a relaxing holiday. Enjoy!

Beck said...

Happy thanksgiving!

Mindy said...

I hope y'all had a great day. Will you do me a favor and read and reply to my post titled Christmas Time? I want your opinion. Because you seem awesome! Thanks!

Brenda said...

Good for you! We've never done Thanksgiving "just us" since our first one when husband was still in the Navy. It is important. Hope you had a great one!

Mindy said...

Thanks Katherine for your time! And that quote from Abraham Lincoln, wow! How great to remember the reason Thanksgiving started.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing the quote by Abraham Lincoln!