Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Travels

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart
Mrs.Chaos and I have are sharing our family traditions during the holiday season. Our system, pioneered by her family, is to have one year with an in-laws Thanksgiving and an outlaws Christmas followed by the next year with the outlaws Thanksgiving and the in-laws Christmas. This year is my family's turn for the Thanksgiving and then her family's turn for Christmas.
The two families have a very different feel for the holiday season. Her family tradition has everyone gather together at her parent's house and just casually relax and hang out for the season. There are games played, television watched, movies seen, meals shared, ATVs ridden, and all sorts of things. It's long and relaxed and filled with togetherness.
My tradition is to cram in as many family events as possible in as short of a time as possible. So I spend the holidays seeing my mother's side of the family, my father's side of the family, events with friends, etc. Just a lot of little events.
How did that translate this thanksgiving?
  • Wednesday - hanging out my male cousins and their girlfriends until 5am.
  • Thursday - Thanksgiving with my mother's family.
  • Friday - Lunch with my grandparents, followed by swing dancing.
  • Saturday - Relax.
  • Sunday - Thanksgiving Leftovers with my father's family.
It'll be interesting as the future unfolds for our own family and we combines the traditions to make our own--as well as throw in a few of our own.  Bulgogi soup for Thanksgiving?  Why that does sound lovely

Happy thanksgiving! I'm thankful for having more friends and family than I know what to do with.

And here is the picture of three of the four men of similar genetic descent.  My older brother was busy living on the east coast.