We had 17 people here for Thanksgiving dinner. I've been in this family for over 20 years, but the number of people that gather for a holiday meal still overwhelms me. At my mom's house, there were four people this afternoon. If we had been there, it would have been dinner for seven, and that seems like a lot :)
It has been a good day. It started out with the delicious smell of onions cooking - really one of my favorite smells, onions sauteeing in oil or butter - as Linda made her stuffing. This morning I read and chatted and looked at Black Friday sales flyers.
People started getting here a little after 2pm for dinner at 3pm. It was fun to see everyone. Two of my nephews brought their girlfriends, the other two are younger and came with their parents. Still, the nephews with girlfriends are 27 and 34; the younger nephews are 17 and 21. T is the youngest of the kids. My niece was here, too. She's 20. I guess the reason I mention their ages is that it surprises me how old they are because I don't think of myself as getting older so much, but I remember when they were all really little kids!
Dinner was delicious and traditional: roast turkey and a ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes (a hit!), green salad, rolls, jell-o salad, stuffing, cranberries. For dessert, a variety of pies including pumpkin and apple. No chocolate cream or pecan, though. Miss those pies. I'll probably have to make them myself if I want them.
After dinner, almost everyone sat around visiting and enjoying each other's company. Slowly, everyone took off. T is over at Kelly's house hanging out with his cousins; they were about the first to go. The last couple just left and now MT is upstairs talking to his mom. I think he is feeling better.
Tomorrow I will get to spend a bit of time with LA. We're going to exchange Christmas gifts. I think that we will head back home on Saturday morning, probably.
I hope you all had a wonderful day and got to spend time with people you love and are thankful to have in your life.