Friday Five, Thanksgiving

Friday Five: Thanksgiving (or Giving Thanks)

Jan, who just got back from a trip to Russia, posted a RevGalBlogPals Friday Five about Thanksgiving:

1. Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day? With whom?

I will be at my home with two of my three children. The oldest is working on Thanksgiving Day, and we’ll have to wait for Christmas to enjoy his company. Their dad will come over to eat with us, and that will make us four for dinner. Well, plus Hoagie. I’m sure he’ll take an interest in Thanksgiving. Last year we were without a dog, and the house felt very empty, even if it was easier to walk around the kitchen.

2. Are there any family traditions or memories associated with Thanksgiving?

The dispute between my side of the family (Redskins) and my cousin’s side (Cowboys). I found it particularly annoying on Thanksgiving. Weren’t the Native Americans the heroes of that story? That was my childhood logic.

I escaped the argument when I moved far away and started rooting for the GIANTS instead. 😉

3. What will be on your Thanksgiving menu?

Every year we eat a Frenchified version of a traditional Swedish dish, Rotmos, passed down in my late (and former) mother-in-law’s family. It’s a mash of potatoes and rutabagas, and it’s delicious. I recommend the fresh rutabagas (check out the produce in a place like Whole Foods) rather than the giant waxed monstrosities. My kids LOVE this dish. Alongside the turkey and stuffing, it IS Thanksgiving for them. Also from their dad’s side of the family, we’ll make cranberry-orange relish. And I’ll be in charge of the gravy, including my own secret ingredients, a response to the emergency of having no Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet a few year ago. They are molasses and a little maple syrup. They are also no longer a secret.

4. Are you trying anything new this Thanksgiving?

Yes, I’m going to try a cookie recipe (from this book) that includes cranberries. I’ll let you know how it goes. 

The Thankful Leper — not preaching this text on Sunday,
but he’s on my mind nevertheless.
(Jesus Mafa)

5. What is the weather forecast for this day (next Thursday)?

I hear we may get snow the day before, but more likely rain. The day itself is supposed to be cool but clear. My own forecast for the day is mixed. I’ve never cooked for such a small group on Thanksgiving, and I’m not really sure how to do it. There are people I really want to be with and cannot, so that’s on my mind as well. But I’m aware of how much I have to be thankful for, and my feelings can be summed up by the end of the hymn below.

Bonus: Prayer, poem, song, or whatever you choose to exemplify your image of Thanksgiving (giving thanks).

This is my new-fashioned favorite, to the same tune as the beloved lullaby, “All Through the Night.” We’ll be singing it as the blessing at our church’s Thanksgiving lunch this Sunday.

For the fruit of all creation,
thanks be to God.
gifts bestowed on every nation,
thanks be to God.
For the plowing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safekeeping,
thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor,
God’s will is done.
In the help we give our neighbor,
God’s will is done.
In our worldwide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit,
thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit,
thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God.

Words: Fred Pratt Green
Words © 1970 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188. 

5 thoughts on “Friday Five: Thanksgiving (or Giving Thanks)”

  1. Such a beautiful song! Your menu sounds intriguing and I am wanting to know how those cookies turn out. Love and best wishes for your Thanksgiving!

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