Quote of the Day: “Nothing says Thanksgiving like a Jello-O shot”

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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.

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The stress of the matching outfits, tights without holes and the perfect holiday smile! This is 1998 and I was pregnant and had a rash all over my body. SMILE!

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!

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My artsy shot of the Empire State Building from the lower east side.

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). IMG_2379

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2017                                     Brooklyn, NY

I am truly grateful for change, Jell-O shots and the new Thanksgiving Party with the women I love!

 

 

 

 

 

https://nypost.com/2017/11/15/these-are-the-worst-times-to-drive-on-thanksgiving/

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