Thanksgiving, Al Fresco

Thanksgiving, Al Fresco

Thanksgiving table set for dining outside, like the first Thanksgiving – only much warmer!, pub-2261152276079224, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Here in Encino, we discovered a few years back that it’s warm enough to enjoy Thanksgiving under the stars. I have always loved eating outside, especially at a big, old, wooden table with enough room to gather everyone together.

This year we started a new tradition that I read about on  the art of war essay odd side effects of viagra opinion essay phrases pdf avantage et inconv nient du viagra steps to writing good essay follow link watch levitra rocheport essay topics for the masque of the red death cialis forum source url can i buy a research paper without getting caught where i can buy viagra in lahore essay history in perception family genetics investigation essays click viagra chile vendo best descriptive essay writing services ca writing the dissertation source url does hmsa cover levitra levitra and alcohol use get link evaluation essay titles the canadian charter of rights and freedoms essay Gather: Each place setting contained a few kernels of popcorn. Throughout the meal, the kernels were transferred from plate to tabletop as we each counted our many blessings, some aloud, some silently. At the end of the meal, after dessert, after the dishes had all migrated indoors, we gathered the scattered kernels, blessed them with wishes and tossed them into the fire to pop into reality!

What Thanksgiving traditions do you enjoy? We have a relatively small family with distant aunts and grandparents, so our table always includes friends, travelers and those who would otherwise be celebrating alone. It’s funny isn’t it, how it seems to be the same amount of work to prepare the meal whether it’s for four or forty, pot luck, one cook or catered! Our Thanksgiving meal always includes stuffing of one kind or another, sometimes more than one kind, but I never serve it at any other meal during the year.

When preparing for Thanksgiving Al Fresco, not much decoration is needed beyond setting the table and perhaps a string or two of twinkling lights. The velvet of night covers the yard and invites the imagination to connect with those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Before we had the table pictured here, we used an old door on sawhorses. We draped the “table” in a table cloth to disguise the legs and topped the tablecloth with a discarded mirrored door cut to size. The mirrored surface brought the stars from the sky to the table and reflected the candlelight providing one of the most magical holiday meals I can remember. Wishing you and yours a holiday filled with gratitude and joy.

Photos by: Lisa Keating

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