As fall eases its self into winter,
And the first suggestion of snow is poised to fall.
We revisit our favorite recipes
And anticipate a gathering of all.
We say goodbye to the warm of summer.
We pack away the costumes and staging of Halloween.
We watch the year finish its unwinding.
We remember the past holidays we’ve seen.
As we anticipate this yearly celebration,
We watch it compete the days of December.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming
But now it’s only Thanksgiving we want to remember
Contact is made with family
Some talked to daily, some not.
Menu choices and seating arrangements
Are this household’s only topic that’s hot.
We earnestly debate, with great seriousness,
Should a pie be apple or carrot?
We have books and videos for children who visit
Is this enough? Will they share it?
We listen to the old stories of how it all started,
When it first celebrated survival.
We look at the turkeys shaped around little hands
Drawn by children today and archival.
On this special Thursday, as we greet the ones we love,
We tell stories of old as we share events that are new.
We eat and drink while we talk and laugh
And marvel how this day flew!