Thanksgiving is approaching and we are preparing to make another year of family Thanksgiving traditions. When I was growing up we always did Thanksgiving with our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The group has dwindled over the years which makes me a little bit sad.

Every year I have a grand idea; giving the old family Thanksgiving another go and celebrating with those closest to us. I want to continue to teach my children the importance of family and being thankful for who and what we have in our lives despite everybody not always being able to be together under one roof. It's never anything over-the-top (my dishes and cutlery are quite plain) but, I can throw together a nice turkey dinner for a special family occasion.

To start off, I want to get a few things to spruce up the house not just for Thanksgiving but for Fall. Maybe a new set of placemats for the dining room table. A few candles and other fall-themed decorations that will look great and can easily be put away. 

Speaking of putting away, every year I dig out my turkey pan, turkey baster and other tools I need to start making my family's "dream dinner" a few days before Thanksgiving itself. I hate to be rushed on things meant to be good! We side the turkey with stuffing (sometimes homemade and sometimes not), potatoes and one veggie we can all agree on (string beans, maybe carrots). I like to switch it up from year to year. 

One tradition I will never switch up or give up is pie; I love it. I love eating it and I love baking it even though it can be a pain. I am getting new pie pan this year so that should help make some delicious pumpkin and apple pies. 

Dinner doesn't always turn out exactly like the picture in my head but when I hear them come back and tell me it was "the best meal ever", even though it's not, that's good enough for me. Afterall, it's the memories we make that count in the end. 

What are some of your favourite Thanksgiving holiday traditions? 

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