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The Perfect Holiday Thanksgiving :
Thanksgiving has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays. Not only because of the incredible food, but because, to me, it perfectly embodies what a holiday should be about. Sure, I love Christmas and the other big holidays, but today, pretty much every annual celebration has become heavily commercialized and surrounded by a bunch of extra “fluff.” In the midst of all that unneeded noise, it can be easy to get distracted from the days’ original meaning. But Thanksgiving is simple. It centers on nothing more than the essentials: family, friends, and a meal.
(baby squid in black ink sauce — yum) and other types of fish. I always appreciated the shift. After eating two whole traditional turkey dinners, it was a delicious and welcome change. Back then, it was an awesome day of catching up with family from all sides, but it was also incredibly overwhelming. Some years, I could hardly stand it, complaining to my parents that I couldn’t keep up this crazy Thanksgiving pace. When my mom and dad’s parents, the glue of the whole operation, passed away, the tradition slowly dissolved and I found myself missing the chaos. These days, the holiday is a much smaller affair, with fewer members of the extended family around the table. There’s a small sense of sadness that comes along with that loss of tradition and seeing people drift out of our lives as we’ve grown apart. But don’t get me wrong. Thanksgiving is still always a fantastic time for catching up and reconnecting with the people we care about. Usually, we host it at our house, inviting my wife’s side of the family and my parents if they’re in town. Everybody chats and laughs over the traditional fare: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and my favorite, sweet potatoes. Though, I have to say, I do miss the squid and fish. Beyond giving all of us a chance to slow down and spend some quality time together, Thanksgiving provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the past year and really consider the many things for which we’re grateful. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful, as always, to have such a happy and healthy family supporting me every step of the way, a business that I’m passionate about, and, of course, the many awesome clients upon whom we depend to make MicroTech possible. Oh, and on a less serious note, I’m glad I got this new standing desk, which really helps break up the day from just sitting or staying on my feet. Sometimes, it’s the little things.
Well, I say Thanksgiving is simple, but it wasn’t always that way for my family and me. When I was a little younger and all my extended family
resided here within the Treasure Valley, we used to have to split the big day between three different groups. First, we’d visit my mom’s side of the family a little before noon to chow down with them. Then, once we’d scarfed down Thanksgiving dinner No. 1, my wife
“Beyond giving all of us a chance to slowdownand spend some quality time together, Thanksgiving provides uswith the opportunity to reflect on the past year and really consider themany things forwhichwe’re grateful.”
and I would hurry over to her parents’ house in
the midafternoon for round two. Once that was through and we’d sufficiently caught
up with them, we’d cruise on over to the get-together for my dad’s side of the family around dinnertime. On that side, my family’s all Basque, so the spread usually had a few unusual added items, most notably tximinoiak
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