That being said, I want to tell you about a new tradition I started with my family last year and there was no way to explain it without discussing our giving. So it is my hope that you will take today's post as me explaining what we do in the hopes that you will be inspired to do likewise and not because I want eleventy-three gold stars of approval!
Knowing that I am an undomestic goddess, I am sure you will be utterly shocked when I tell you that I have never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner. Nor do I ever plan to. I do not know how to cook a turkey, I vaguely know how to make stuffing (there is bread and celery and...seasoning?) and do not know the first thing about candying a yam. I have no desire to learn to do any of these things. I'm not kidding. One year, when my mother asked me when I planned to learn to cook a turkey, I told her I didn't. My plan is this: until they are too old to cook turkeys, I plan to enjoy the labors of my mother and mother-in-law. Then, I have four sisters and one sister-in-law. I am pretty sure one of them will figure out the turkey thing... This is my end game.
(Lest you think I just mooch off the fam for the holidays, I will tell you this, I make pie like nobody's business. A weird talent, but there it is. SO, except for the Thanksgiving when I was pregnant with Duckie and everything made me throw up, so I didn't bake and instead got Costco pies, I always show up to Thanksgiving with at LEAST three pies. I call that square, but I digress).
Last year, I had an epiphany. I don't make Thanksgiving dinner, but do have the means to do so if I choose. Why not purchase the ingredients needed for a full Thanksgiving dinner and donate it to my church's Thanksgiving food basket program? And thus, a new tradition was born.
Because I think it is important for my boys to learn to give back at an early age, I have the boys help me in selecting food products to donate and I discuss with them why we are giving food away. Last year, Little Man was adamant that we buy canned peas. This year he helped me bag apples and pick out turkeys.
At any rate, if you are lucky, like me, and don't supply a whole Thanksgiving meal for your family & friends, consider donating a meal to your local food bank or food closet this year. If you are not in that position this year, keep it in mind for next year!
Some pics from our trip to the grocer's:
|Picking just the right apple|
|We were told the food closet needed fresh fruit for baskets|
|"This turkey is very heavy!"|
|I told Little Man he needed to put the turkey in the cart, |
but he couldn't quite lift it into the basket
|Problem solving like a champ!|
I'm raising a snowflake genius, I tell you!
|Very proud of his turkey!|