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Thanksgiving on the Bayou

The Thanksgiving venue changed this year. We all have families, families have struggles, and one of those struggles meant that the Thanksgiving celebration would shift to another home. Same cast of characters, same fabulous food, just a different location.

The organization is superb. Everyone has a part to play. Nieces and nephews arrive to assist in preparations, clearing the grounds, putting out tables and chairs, helping wherever they can. Cousins get to spend time together, catching up, as they work together. The aunts are all busy in the kitchens, cutting, chopping, baking, cooking, stewing, putting their best efforts into making the dishes everyone loves.

The guys do the turkeys. They may have help, but the turkeys seem to be the guys prerogatives. They also carry in the hams.

There are so many desserts that they won’t fit on one table. They won’t fit on two tables! When all the desserts are put on the tables, there are still back-up pies and cakes in the pie-safe behind the table!

Cousins fill glasses with ice; guest can choose lemonade, sweet tea or “un”

The tables groan with turkeys, hams and side dishes – beans and peas from the garden, corn bread, sweet potato casseroles, and more, much, much more:

There is fun for everyone – kayak rides, tractor rides, and ring toss:

There’s always a special room where babies can nap – this is a very child friendly celebration. This family loves babies and little ones, and encourages all the cousins to stay close. It’s always a full day, Thanksgiving, with much for which to give thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ When the great meal is over, people play, visit, walk, chat . . . and then sneak back for another taste of their favorite dish!

November 25, 2012 - Posted by | Cold Drinks, Community, Cooking, Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Friends & Friendship, Living Conditions, Relationships, Travel


  1. You can feel the happy family gathering sprit with every picture in your post! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family ๐Ÿ˜€

    Comment by Danderma Kuwait | November 26, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Danderma ๐Ÿ™‚ It was exactly that – a very happy family gathering. And oh my, the food. You would have loved trying every different dish!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 26, 2012 | Reply

  3. Intlxpatr :

    It doesn’t get any American than that.Very nice ,lots of company ,lots of food and lots of joy.

    Where are the kids who where posing in and around the wash tub last year.

    Thanks for sharing the photos

    Comment by daggero | November 26, 2012 | Reply

  4. LOL, Daggero, all the kids are growing so much! This year we weren’t able to get them together all at one time! You are right, it was a holiday gathering full of joy, tears and laughter ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 26, 2012 | Reply

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