Today, for the next-to-last Thanksgiving post, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jodie Griffin. Jodie is a talented writer and all around nice person. Her first book, Forbidden Fantasies, releases early next year through Carina Press.
First, I’d like to thank Shawna for sharing her blog space with all of us this month. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the posts.
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. Food, family, fun…what more could I ask for? My house is decorated with pumpkins and turkeys, much to my husband’s dismay. (Although, after fifteen years together, he’s gotten used to it!)
When I was growing up, Thanksgiving had a routine. Every year, the same thing. Instead of being boring, though, I loved the comfortable sameness of it. On Thanksgiving morning, we’d get up, and mom would be getting the turkey ready. We’d have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on TV in the background and be peeling potatoes and making the stuffing to fill the bird. All day, the house would smell amazing. We’d often have friends over for dinner or dessert, and after we ate, we’d play board or card games. Then, at night, my mom and I would watch Miracle on 34th Street together, and we’d munch on leftovers. Those were the days!
Now, as an adult, things are similar with my own family, although we’ve added some traditions of our own. We have Wii bowling matches, and there’s usually some movie or another blaring from the family room. While husbands and kids are doing that, my sister and I scour the store ads for bargains, deciding whether or not it’s worth it to brave the Black Friday crowds (for me, most of the time the answer is “not on your life!”)
One tradition that hasn’t changed is sharing what we’re grateful for. This year, I can add “got my first publishing contract” to my list. My novella, Forbidden Fantasies, will be published by Carina Press in March 2012.
What traditions have you carried over from your own childhood? Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you all enjoy this festive holiday season!
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