Thanksgiving Prep.

My house has been busy this week with Thanksgiving preparation. My older kids are not very happy. I get them up early in the morning to start on the deep cleaning. By the time lunch rolls around they are asking for naps. They don’t care for the rearranging of items for the holiday season. Wyatt likes getting ready for the holiday season. He really likes the evenings when I’m ready to relax. That’s when we get to do fun stuff. This past weekend after talking to my younger brother we discovered that he has no decorations for Christmas. So Wyatt and I spent the evening making ornaments for him. We’ll be dropping off a tree, some lights, the ornaments we made, as well as a few more items Wednesday. I told my kids it is a good thing that I love Christmas and always have plenty. One of my 3 trees will go to my brother.

Today, we will start the food preparation for Thanksgiving. The gluten free rolls and breads will be made today. Then I can get the cornbread ready for stuffing. I’ll get all the vegetables sliced/diced and put into the fridge. Wyatt and I will probably make a few of the pies today but save the lemon meringue for tomorrow. Wyatt found some Fall cookie cutters so he wants to do something with those, he was talking about making handpies instead of a big apple pie. I like the idea of it but am not sure we will get around to it.

Tomorrow we’ll finish up food preparation then move on to getting the table ready. All the good china will be brought out and washed. It had belonged to my parents. When I was younger we only saw the good china on Thanksgiving because we spent Christmas Eve with my mom’s parents and Christmas day at the farm with my dad’s parents. I like to host family dinners so my parents decided I should get it so it will get some use out of it. We bring the china out for family dinners several times a year. We just used them a few weeks ago for Wyatt’s birthday dinner. Once those have been brought out I decided we’re going to set the table on Wednesday so I don’t have to stress about it on Thanksgiving day.

Then Thanksgiving while the turkey is cooking the kids and I will eat popcorn while watching Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. After dinner by the light of the Christmas tree (yes I put it up early this year) we’ll watch Rudolph. I love Thanksgiving, especially now that it is at my house.

This year will be a little different. I don’t get to invite all my siblings and their families over but I am thankful that we’re healthy. I do plan to host a big family gathering once the pandemic is over but for now, we’ll enjoy every minute of this different holiday season.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Thanksgiving Prep.

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like you’ve got everything under control! We’re going to have a quiet holiday – just hubby and me, and he decided he wants a frozen dinner. I’m going to have chicken with whatever vegetables we have in the fridge. Christmas might be a Zoom gathering. It’s definitely going to be a different-looking holiday!

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  2. Sounds wonderful,Angie! I also have Autumn-shaped cookie cutters. I made few, the leftover dough which I put in my freezer from Halloween. I will be making a GF Apple Crisp, flourless Mocha Spice Cake, GF dressing and changing out the tablespoon of flour in my grandmother’s corn pudding recipe for cornstarch for Son#1 and his FG’s daughter.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I think it’s terrific that you and your son were willing and able to share a tree with your brother and even provide the decorations.
    All that gluten-free stuff sounds terrific. Stuffing is one of the things I really miss since I’ve had to be G-F (since 2010).


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Everything sounds just wonderful. It sounds like a holiday the children will remember in the years to come.


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