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Thanksgiving 2012: Olives, Friends, Family, and Football

Another year away from family in Utah and another good Thanksgiving on the books. Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family for Casey and Addie, but for me Thanksgiving is all about being in the comfort of my own home; hopefully it’s filled with family and friends.

I spent two Thanksgivings in law school all by myself, which on the surface seems sad but they were both good Thanksgivings. Casey and Addie spent those two Thanksgivings far away in Utah as I stayed in Indiana and prepared for my annual winter finals.

For each of those Thanksgivings I cooked myself a turkey with all of the normal side dishes that go along with the holiday. I’m not going to kid anyone into thinking that the food I cooked was fantastic, but it was serviceable. Besides, Thanksgiving to me isn’t really about the food. Oh, and none of that food went to waste, because I had Thanksgiving leftovers pretty much every meal for the following week.

Once I finished cooking those meals, I moved all of the food into the living room onto a small card table that I set up in front of my TV. There I sat with the TV as my dinner companion as I enjoyed my Thanksgiving meal while watching the movie Hoosiers. Why Hoosiers? Well, it always seems to be on TV on Thanksgiving, so it kind of became a personal tradition. When my Thanksgiving meal was finished, I packed up the leftovers and headed off to friends’ houses to spend the evenings watching football with them.

Being in the comfort of my own home seems to make up for the lack of family. There’s just something about enjoying the holidays in my own space. In my mind, the holidays wouldn’t be the holidays if they can’t be enjoyed in my home. For all of those Thanksgivings spent in my house alone without my family, I had invitations to spend those Thanksgivings with friends. But being in my own home for Thanksgiving just seemed right.

In the years that have followed law school, my family has spent Thanksgiving right here in our cozy home where we can wake up in our own beds, and watch the Thanksgiving day parade right here on our own TV, sitting on our own couches. It means that I can watch the parade in my pajamas and I can stay in my pajamas until noon if I want.

This year we were able to spend Thanksgiving in our home with two other families, two Mormon missionaries, and my sister, who flew in from Florida. Casey cooked 2 turkeys, 4 pies, 3 cans of yams, and a load of mashed potatoes. We had 2 dinner tables, 1 plugged garbage disposal (1 dinner guest was a plumber–how convenient was that?), and a pre-dinner game of toss the football in the backyard. Vivi learned that olives aren’t to be eaten but worn on the fingers, I learned that gluten-free pumpkin pie isn’t great, and Addie got to hang out with a gaggle of friends all night.

Overall, it was an excellent Thanksgiving and a great way to kick off my favorite time of the year—the Christmas season.

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