Thanksgiving at Linderhof was a quiet affair
Just Husband Jim and I
For he is recovering from surgery
So we chose a
But this year
It was also our 46th Anniversary
Thanksgiving food won out over Anniversary food
And we had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner
In the dining room
And as our marriage is two people who become one
Our Thanksgiving table reflects that melding of two families
My mother's water glasses
His grandmother's cutlery
The bread tray celebrating a 25th anniversary in 1914
Napkin rings which he bought for a gift
In fact, it was two of the very first ones I got when I started collecting
Belonging to Abe and Dora
A couple's napkin rings
for an Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner
The plates are Spode Festival
While the bread and butter plates are Queesware
And Thanksgiving is turkey
Turkey to eat
Turkey for the cranberry sauce
Turkey salt and peppers
A big tom holding a bouquet of fall flowers
The salt and peppers and centerpiece I got the second year we were married
At a dimestore in downtown Kansas City
for less than $5!
We've had them ever since!
(And I found a second flower holder but then I like things in pairs!)
Our places at the head and foot of the table
The feast spread between us
The glass turkey
(one of a pair, naturally)
holding cranberry sauce
And the wee turkey holding pepper
A casserole of dressing
(Which is what we call it whether it is inside or outside the turkey)
Our plate of Thanksgiving food
Most of it from my childhood Thanksgivings
And after dinner
But not after pie
We were too full!
The dishes are done and stacked on the breakfast room table
That's a tradition too
For usually someone helps with the dishes
And not knowing where they go they get piled up somewhere
For the hostess to put away later.
It wouldn't seem like Thanksgiving without clean dishes on a table
ready to be put away!
Dinner tonight will also not be an anniversary dinner
It will be Thanksgiving leftovers
A turkey sandwich and cold glass of milk!
We'll celebrate this weekend or next week!
In hindsight, I'm not sure I would have gotten married on the day before Thanksgiving
Because every few years our anniversary and Thanksgiving fall on the same day.
I am a romantic
And turkey and all the trimmings doesn't seem "romantic" enough for me!
But it is what it is
And I'm happy to be celebrating 46 with the love of my life.