My top five favorite things for Thanksgiving involve food, family, friends, movies and tacky sweaters! I love the holiday and the fact that after Thursday I can wear my holiday clothing, sing Christmas songs at the top of my lungs and smile at strangers without people thinking I’m weird.
Here are my top five favorite things:
1. Turkey…I really don’t like turkey on Thanksgiving but I love it the next day heated up in a pan with the left over gravy and then poured over white bread. It’s so yummy, doesn’t look healthy but I don’t care. I love it!
2. Watching Miracle on 34th Street. Not the remake the one with Natalie Wood from the 40s. When I watch it I’m reminded of my earliest Thanksgiving memories where I would sit on the couch next to my maternal grandmother and watch it with her. She grew up in Brooklyn and her community the immigrants of New York were key in the start of the parade.
3. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This one is harder over in the UK. But we managed it and we will manage it again this year. It’s my goal to go and see it in New York one year. My middle sister, Donna (you might remember her as the troublemaker of my youth) has been and loved it.
4. Putting up my Christmas tree. In the years when I have an artificial tree we always get it out and put up in the afternoon on Thanksgiving. When we get a live a tree, we usually go on Black Friday and pick one out and then put it up while our family is all together.
5. My Christmas sweaters…as soon as the last person has finished eating their pie on Thanksgiving day it’s my signal to rush upstairs and don a Christmas sweater! I didn’t buy this sweater but contemplated it and had to have a fashion intervention to keep my wallet in my handbag!
Okay, what are your top five for Thanksgiving? I’m giving a way an e-book of IN TOO CLOSE my latest release from Harlequin Blaze.
I love Thanksgiving. In fact, it’s probably my favorite holiday. Aside from the terrors of Black Friday shopping, it’s got everything going for it: friends and family gathered together at one of the prettiest times of the year, celebrating a unique and meaningful holiday. And then there’s the food, which is so awesome that it’s worth the extra pounds you gain over the four day weekend. Thanksgiving is also lacking the pressures of the Christmas Season, which carries a whole pile of obligations that can feel overwhelming.
But the real beauty of Thanksgiving is in it’s very name and nature–giving thanks. It’s a reminder that despite our very real worries and woes, we probably do have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my wonderful husband and my family, for my friends, for the fact that I have a roof over my head, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and the bounties of the earth and sea to nourish me. This year, I’m especially thankful I get to spend Thanksgiving with my 91 year old dad, who is hand’s down the coolest person I know.
That’s my dad a few months ago at Williamsburg, hanging out with the town crier. The perfect picture for Thanksgiving, don’t you think?
I have another reason to be thankful this week–I have a new historical romance release coming out. Tall, Dark, and Royal, the second novella in my Renegade Royals Series, will hit the shelves on Tuesday. I’m so darned blessed that I’ve been able to publish this series, and that my readers have been so supportive. I am truly thankful for them.
Here’s what the story’s about:
He’s the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England’s Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal…
Magnificent and stubborn. Over twenty years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic’s love for her. He’d been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he’d never belonged anywhere—except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal—like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help—and hopefully make up for lost time…
Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he’d become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…
To celebrate the release of Tall, Dark, and Royal, I’ll give away an ARC of the next book in the series, How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, out in January. Just tell me what you’re thankful for this week for a chance to win!
Please contact me at email@example.com with the email addy you use for Kindle and the book will be winging its way to you today!
Thanks to everyone who commented. I wish we all lived close and could get together for a real feast!
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I don’t know about your family, but once our daughter was grown, holidays in our family became more of a moving target. Our daughter and her husband now spend every other Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving with his family.
To further complicate matters , we have to take into account my husband’s siblings and their children. As their kids have entered into relationships, finding a time to all get together is different every year…and it seems it’s rarely on the exact day of the holiday.
This year on Thanksgiving Day, we will celebrate with my husband’s mother and his mother’s good friend (a widow with children who live out of state). Instead of one of us cooking a big meal, we’ll go out to eat and enjoy food, conversation and no clean-up!
It may not be the traditional Thanksgiving but I know it will be good food in a relaxed atmosphere.
In honor of non-traditional Thanksgivings, I thought it might be fun for all of us to get together for a virtual Thanksgiving day feast today.
I’ll furnish the turkey…and because this is virtual, you can be guaranteed it will come out of the oven wonderfully moist, golden brown and perfectly cooked.
No need to dress up. All I ask is that you bring a favorite dish. By letting me know what you’ll be bringing (in the comments), you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Baby on His Doorstep, a e-novella that takes place in Harmony, Idaho. This book is set in the same town as my next book that will be out on November 25: Love at Mistletoe Inn.
And, just in case I haven’t made it clear before….I’m thankful for YOU!