So this post is pretty late considering I took all these photos at Thanksgiving, but better late than never! AMIRITE?
I don’t get to go home to Kingston very often, so when I do, I get very excited. My family and I have traditions that we do every year for every holiday, and Thanksgiving is no different. Some traditions have been going on for years, other have just recently been implemented. Regardless of what it is, if I decide I enjoy it and it happens on a holiday where I’m home every year, I immediately enforce it’s replication the following year.
Take our fall leaf tour for example! My dad has been going on fall leaf tours (driving around in a car looking at the pretty fall colours) since he was a kid, and he kept the tradition going by taking my mom and me on leaf tours too. The past few years, my dad and I have been going on our tours alone (partly because my mom wants to make the turkey soup instead and partly because she’s secretly bored of driving around for hours looking at trees. haha) So now it’s become a nice thing for my Dad and I to do together when I’m home and I look forward to it every year.
We also go to spooky Fort Fright at Fort Henry every year now and watching my mom get scared by the actors has been a tradition I very much anticipate.
We also have our favourite Thanksgiving foods that have become tradition over the years. Our family has a variety of food preferences so you will see three different style of cranberry sauce on our table (smooth and sugary, chunky and sugary and chunky no sugar), 3 different kinds of stuffing (regular, vegetarian and no bread) and a couple versions of gravy (one has no flour). Last year, our butcher gave me a free butter tart and now I’ve decreed it be tradition, so we went to get more this year.
And last but not least – movies. My Dad got A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD for Christmas, so now we will watch that every year. And I always make it a point to watch my favourite Thanksgiving movies (see my blog post about them if you feel like it…) and favourite Thanksgiving TV episodes (like Friends and Gilmore Girls). There’s nothing nicer than snuggling with a warm apple cider, watching your favourite movies with the fall chill outside. I get all sappy just thinking about it.
How short my visits are! I love spending time with my fan and I wish I could do it more often.
Perfect weekend at home – everyone was in good spirits, got to see my grandma, grandpa, uncle and my uncle’s new lady friend and checked off all my annual traditions. Definite Turkey success.