I am not sure how Jell-O shots became a family tradition for our Thanksgiving holiday but it is a festive addition and I don’t even like Jell-O!
Now that my daughters are all adults the holiday has changed. In my opinion for the better. I had a family member complain that with my family around the holiday “is more like a party and less like Thanksgiving.” For a holiday that used to be very stressful for me I think this is a positive shift.
Thanksgivings past were all about the crazed grocery shopping and pressure to create all the perfect traditional dishes. I have now accepted that I don’t even like turkey!
The menu has evolved into things we actually like and want to create. (my oldest is a vegetarian) The holiday also used to include juggling in-laws and multiple family gatherings. One year we had three dinners.
Now it is a challenge to get us all in the same town but this year cooking, cocktails (Fireball and hot cider was a hit) and games (beer pong, charades and flip cup) made the “Thanksgiving Party” fun!
Thanksgiving is a time of travel. 51 million people traveled this holiday weekend. Eighty nine percent of travelers journeyed by car. They say the worst time to travel is Tuesday at 5 PM. This year I started my trip from Saint Louis to NYC at rush hour and drove 1,924 miles (round trip) to be with my girls. I drove 13 out of the 15 hours through the night. It was worth it!
Our time together was brief. I made an effort to put down my phone and really experience our moments together (thus the reason my Thanksgiving blog is posting now…after the fact).
Happy Thanksgiving 2017 Brooklyn, NY
I am truly grateful for change, Jell-O shots and the new Thanksgiving Party with the women I love!