|Corn casserole in the oven|
This year he also made a cannoli cheesecake which was also very good. I made corn casserole which is also a family favorite. I've taken it to work for our office Thanksgiving meal several times and everyone loves it so I'm not allowed to bring anything else.
When we arrived at Spouse's sister's house she explained that we'd be having an unexpected visitor for Thanksgiving this year; the cashier from CVS. Spouse's sister frequents this store because its close to her home so she's familiar with many of the employees. As she was checking out she'd engaged in a little casual small talk and asked the young woman if she was having Thanksgiving with family or friends. She explained that her family is from Bangladesh and her parents have not adopted American holidays like Thanksgiving. She further shared that her older sister (a physician) had a baby recently so their parents were fully consumed with their 1st grandchild. She said she'd just go home when her shift ended at 6:00. She's in college but her roommates were all away, spending Thanksgiving with their families.
Spouse's sister suggested that she stop over after her shift and pick up a plate to go, since we would have already finished our meal by 6pm. The young woman was very appreciative and they exchanged phone numbers. A few hours later the young woman called to say there'd been a schedule mix-up and her shift was ending at 2pm, not 6pm, and asked if she could come over then. So, the invitation for a plate to go turned into another seat at the table!
But it worked out fine. The young woman was very nice. She loved all of the food, but needed explanations as to the ingredients since she'd never eaten some of these dishes/combinations.
I could see the wheels turning in her head as she struggled to figure out how these diverse people were related, so Spouse's sister introduced us all and explained the connections. "This is my brother and this is his husband Mark, and this is Mark's aunt Mary, and this is my daughter Anna and this is her husband Randy and their daughter Gabby..." Anna is white/Italian, Randy is African American, and their daughter is biracial. Honestly I felt a little proud of our diverse family and everyone's willingness to have a stranger join us for Thanksgiving dinner.
Later, after we'd all had desert and were relaxing and talking, our nephew Eric was talked into playing his guitar and singing. Baby Gabby quickly joined in by blowing on a recorder, creating a clash of chords and chaos. It was a very nice day!
We left on Fri around noon and got home about 2:30. I put away the pots/pans we'd taken with us, ran the dishwasher, and then began decorating for Christmas. First the wreaths were placed on the doors, then I removed all the photos from the mantel and put up the candles, garland, dried flowers and fruit.
Later that evening Spouse & I joined Steven & Thad for carol singing and the lighting of the Rehoboth Beach Christmas tree.
|Thad opted not to be in the selfie|
It was really cold that night but the turn-out was big and we had fun. Despite having lived here for nearly 12 years and having visited here prior, we'd never attended this tree lighting and carol singing event. Then we had dinner at a nearby spot.