Hi there! I'm Amy Kingsford and I'm excited to be here Thanksgiving Week sharing creative ways to express, reflect on and celebrate gratitude.
My Thanksgiving morning will begin fairly early as I start preparing our family's meal. My boys and husband will pop in periodically inquiring as to when everything will be ready, as I run around the kitchen like a mad person trying to keep on top of everything. And after I inevitably overcook our Turkey, make the most creamy mashed potatoes my husband has ever tasted and serve my famous raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, there will be the biggest pile of dishes I have ever seen waiting for me in the sink.
But the dishes will remain there for just a while longer, because the minute we finish eating, my oldest son will insist that we go pick out our Christmas tree--a Thanksgiving Day tradition of ours since before our boys were even born. We will drive to the grocer just minutes from our house, whose selection of trees is both beautiful AND affordable. We will pick out our tree and tie it to the top of our car and bring it home. We will likely end up cutting the top off it as we do most years because we have grossly overestimated the height of our living room.
Once the tree is up and the boys have resumed their play, my husband will reluctantly step away from his football game and take pity on me, as he joins me in the kitchen to help me finish the dishes.
This is the story of my Thanksgiving...what does your Thanksgiving Day look like and how will you capture it in your scrapbook pages?
Will you document your food prep activities throughout the day?
Like Sue Althouse has done in her page, "Thanksgiving Food Prep"...
Or you could scrapbook photos of your finished culinary masterpieces:
Here I've recorded a photo and the recipe for the first pie I ever made, which happened to be for our 2012 Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Did you capture your Thanksgiving Day table before everyone gathered...
This was a quick photo I snapped before everyone sat down to the Collard Family Thanksgiving in 2010. It was nice to focus on a few of the special touches that are sure to go unnoticed once everyone sits down to eat.
Do you have a special family tradition that you repeat year after year?
For example, I mentioned my family's tradition of bringing home our Christmas Tree on Thanksgiving Day and this page captures the first time my son selected our tree:
And Jennifer Larson has captured her family's tradition of running in the Turkey Day 5K each year:
Or maybe you prefer a more comprehensive approach to capturing your Thanksgiving Day event...
My page "This is my Thanksgiving..." includes my Thanksgiving story that I shared above and photos from throughout our 2012 Thanksgiving Day.
Laura O'Donnell's Project Life spead from the week of Thanksgiving 2012 also provides a good overview of her family's day.
My hope is that in reading my Thanksgiving Day story and browsing these Thanksgiving Day pages you will become inspired to tell your own Thanksgiving Day story in your scrapbook pages. Whether you aim to document it in its entirety or just to record snapshots of this special day, challenge yourself to answer the question, "What does my Thanksgiving Day look like?" in your next page!
I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!