Thanksgiving is coming, in case you weren’t already aware. We’ll be joining my in-laws again this year, as we have for all but one of the last 10 years. I haven’t enjoyed Thanksgiving with my own parents and siblings in over a decade, and some of my memories are beginning to fade a bit. I remember loving the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which made for perfect entertainment while I helped my mom stuff the celery or devil the eggs or chop the apples for the delicious dressing. We ate on her china and the crocheted tablecloth, homemade jam bejeweled her great grandmothers crystal dish, there were individual salt and pepper shakers at each place setting. My mother and brother argued about who sat on which side of whom and banged elbows all during the meal. Grandma made pies, usually including a chocolate cream pie just for me.
After our big meal we enjoyed games. When I was little, we stuck to Candyland and Uno, which evolved into Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Boggle as I got a bit older. Sometimes we went to a movie, but rarely. I’m really hoping I can persuade Mr. J’s family to bust out some board games over the holiday weekend, to balance to the usual arsenal of PlayStation and NFL. Some good ones for our our crowd might include: