Thanksgiving 2013

After five years of spending Thanksgivings with friends in New York, Russell and I were home with family for the holiday for the first time in a long time.

My in-laws hosted over twenty people in their lovely home.

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We started a new tradition this year of reflecting on our year and thankfulness with a dinner table game. Russell and I passed out sheets of paper to each guest as they arrived.  The sheets had 3 question prompts about who you were thankful for, how your life had changed for the better in the last year, and what you were looking forward to in the future. Each guest had to write their answer down to one of these questions anonymously. Then once we were all seated for dinner, each person drew a card, read it out loud, then had to guess whose card it was. The answers were thoughtful, funny, and a wonderful way to share our thanks with each other.

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After dinner, we played instruments with my handsome baby 2nd cousin, a few rounds of poker, and a hilarious team competition of Heads Up. I highly recommend this iPad game (thanks Kirby for the introduction!). We worked off a few of those dinner calories by laughing so hard and acting out some ridiculous charades. But probably put them right back on with pumpkin pecan pie afterwards.

p.s. What Thanksgiving looked like in New York last year. 




4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2013

  1. What a fulfilling Thanksgiving! And how the heck does Laura get that turkey so perfectly browned everywhere. Newfound respect after making my first turkey (not as perfectly roasted) this year.

    • I should’ve paid closer attention for the next time when I have to make my own turkey! All I know is that she brined, set it over night, and kept basting it every 30 minutes. It’s hard to tell with this photo, but this turkey was huge! Over 20 pounds. They executed perfectly.

  2. What a fun day! I love the Thanksgiving dinner game and might borrow it for our celebration next year. It’s always interesting to see how other families decorate their tables for the holiday.

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