I think the commercial really hits home with me because I love Family at Thanksgiving. To me Thanksgiving is all about Family - no matter what size. I love having all my family around the table. The more the merrier.
I have so many fond memories of Thanksgiving at my grandma's. I LOVE THEM!! My cousins would come in from Alabama. I always loved when they came in because we didn't get to see them often - mostly at Thanksgiving and Easter. It was a time to spend with cousins. Whether it was seeing who got to sit in the kitchen to eat - that was always a good thing - you were closer to the food. Or hiding in the bathroom when it came time to clean dishes. My grandmother didn't have a dishwasher, so we would hid.
As I grew up I got to help my grandma with food preparation. My memories are flooding back of helping her clean the turkey. I can hear her laughing at me getting the insides out. I always thought it was gross - still do. She would let us grease down the turkey. I cook mine differently than she does but I still have vivid memories of helping her with the turkey.
I am so thankful that I got to learn how she made dressing. Now, she made the best dressing!! I would have put it up against anyone else's. In fact, I don't eat any other dressing. My grandma didn't have a written down recipe so it took me years to learn how she made it. I loved helping her and getting to do the taste testing. I still make her dressing today. Over the years, I have made it my own and I look forward to passing down the none written recipe to my daughter or granddaughter. Maybe they will take pride in it like I have over the years.
Even though my grandma hasn't been with us for going on 17 years, I still miss her. All we have now are our memories of those days gone by. They are sweet, sweet memories and I will always cherish them.
What memories do you have about Thanksgiving? Did you spend it with a big family? Grandparents house or your own?