Today I’m thinking about Thanksgiving food, because Thanksgiving is usually my favorite holiday AND it has all of my favorite foods. Well, usually it does.
By the time I turned 14 my mom had declared that she was tired of having the same meal twice in a month for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She started trying to modify things – a different stuffing recipe one year, a new cranberry sauce the next. This caused nothing but outrage among us younger members of the family who had positive memories around the specific foods we always ate at Thanksgiving. We were Thanksgiving traditionalists.
I still am, but in the 11 years I have been a more-or-less independent adult not living with my parents, I have only spent three Thanksgivings with them. This means experiencing other families’ traditional Thanksgiving foods, which aside from turkey, were never the same as my own family’s. And now, I think that I am no longer a Thanksgiving traditionalist. I can handle sweet potato pie instead of pumpkin pie, although God help us all if you try to put orange in my cranberry sauce. I don’t know if that’s something that comes with age, though, and that’s why today’s LTP is:
Are you a Thanksgiving traditionalist or do you like to try a different recipe or foods every year?
For our readers who do not celebrate Thanksgiving, substitute in your own favorite food-centric holiday or celebration.