November at Our House–Thanksgiving Traditions

  “Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
― Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick

I don’t have an urge to go to sea in November, but I do agree the days can be gray. I love the holiday season, but because I love Thanksgiving, I don’t want to treat it like the pickle in the middle stuck between Halloween and Christmas (I love those holidays, too.)

Here are some of our family’s Thanksgiving traditions:

Tate Turkey Trot--Thanksgiving morning, we all run around the Rancho Santa Margarita Lake. My oldest son’s girlfriend coined our new phrase: Thighs before pies! This year, I’ve been told that there will be medals.

Candy Corn Gratitude–Before the big meal, we place three candy corns beside each plate and we take turns expressing three things we’re grateful for before we eat each corn. (And we can’t repeat anyone else.)

Boy Pie Baking Contest–All adult men are required to bake a pie. My oldest son has won every year even though last year my husband decided to make two different pies to try and skew his odds of winning.

The Day After Turkey Pizzas— You might think that these are pizzas made with turkey, but you would be wrong. Turkey pizzas are individual pizzas made to look like a turkey. Think olive eyes, pineapple beaks, and colorful bell peppers wings.

My daughter is a professional photographer and here’s her blog post about our family’s Thanksgiving. (Her pictures are better than mine.)

Of course, as a reader, I don’t despair the long nights and grayish days. I welcome them as the perfect time for snuggling up with a good book. Or two. Or three….
thumbnail_The billionareAbove all else, Letty detests liars. A good girl through and through, she’s always tried to walk a straight line, which hasn’t been easy given her father walked a crooked path that led him to prison.
Wes is attracted to Letty the moment he meets her. One of the things he loves about her is she thinks he’s just a beach bum working at the local hotel and she’s okay with him just as (she thinks) he is.
But when Betty the beagle gets kidnapped, the budding romance goes off the rails and Wes and Letty are forced fess up to their lies and exaggerations before their problems (and beagles) get completely out of hand and off leash.
And, of course, I have to mention the Authors of Main Street newest box set:
box set wishes
Everyone believes in Christmas Wishes… right?

For the heroes and heroines in Christmas Wishes on Main Street, it’s not quite that simple.

The Authors of Main Street and Indie Artist Press are thrilled to offer the latest collection in what has become a holiday tradition. Sweet romances in smaller packages, just right for the busy holiday season when you just need a break to pull you out of the madness. So snuggle up with your favorite warm drink and let Authors of Main handle the rest. 

What are you reading? I’ve been hard at work on my romantic comedy Billionaire series,  but tomorrow I’m plunging into new waters. A friend and I are starting a new series that we’re calling miraculous realism. Here’s our tag line: (it’s still a work in progress.)
The stories the weary world needs now…
Debbie Macomber’s happily-ever-afters meet the miraculous realism of Nicolas Sparks in these heart-warming and sometimes gut-wrenching stories that witness of the goodness in all of us.
Greta and I are writing the book together with two point of view characters and we’re going to the beach to do it. Two and a half days of intense writing…I’ve never done something like this before and I’m curious to see what we can accomplish.
Of course, the beach in November can be gray and drizzly, but I love it when the slate steel of the ocean perfectly matches the sky and the horizon is a blur so you can’t tell where the world ends and the sky begins. The boats look like they’re floating. November has its blessings and I hope you and your family are enjoying all the season brings.
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3 Responses to November at Our House–Thanksgiving Traditions

  1. Thanks Kirsty,
    and to you as well!
    This will be the first Thanksgiving I’ll have with my mum in… about 27 years, the time I moved to NZ. If the $ stretched to Christmas, we went then. With a small and scattered family, Thanksgiving hasn’t been the big family event it was before my grandma died.
    Have a wonderful day, Kristy, and you all!
    Lizzi Tremayne


  2. E. Ayers says:

    Your house so pretty! And you are so lucky to have that wonderful family to gather around the table. I love the tradition of counting the good things. The first time I encountered it was with a friend when I was asked if I’d like join her family being mine was scattered and I was alone. I think it’s a great thing to do. So often we forget to tell those around us that we thank them and we are thankful for what we have.


  3. susanrhughes says:

    Set another place, Kristy. I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving!


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