Thanksgiving morning dawns, and the family scurries about doing their morning chores and preparing and eating breakfast. Then they head to church where the service will be patterned after regular church services. Special songs will be sung, and the sermon will be focused on blessings and gratitude. As soon as the last note of the final hymn fades away everyone hurries home instead of first visiting for a while as they usually would.
Once home, mother and daughters will prepare the meal. The turkey has been turned into a delicious roasht, which is turkey meat cut into bite-size pieces combined with lots of broth, cubed bread, celery, and spices, and then baked for a few hours while stirring occasionally to keep it from clumping together. They serve it like this, instead of a whole turkey to be carved at dinner, because Thanksgiving is considered to be a time to focus on each other. So, instead of everyone hoping for their favorite piece of the turkey, everyone gets to enjoy the same thing together.
Sitting down to a bountiful Thanksgiving meal consisting of mounds of fluffy mashed potatoes, roasht, sweetcorn, salad, and then finished off with a special Thanksgiving pudding and several kinds of pie, is the perfect way to usher in the holiday season. Lots of talking and laughing follow dinner as the family enjoys a relaxing day of food and fellowship.
With Thanksgiving over, the house begins to buzz with the anticipation of Christmas. With many gifts being homemade, the walls seem to be fairly bursting as they try to contain all the secrets. On top of making most of the gifts by hand, the days leading up to Christmas are filled with preparing a wide variety of Christmas candies and treats that will be taken to family gatherings to be shared and enjoyed.
Christmas is celebrated as a time to enjoy family and reflect on the Savior’s birth. After a special breakfast that often includes an orange as a special treat, gifts will be exchanged and the rest of the day will be spent eating, singing, and playing together. If there is enough snow, some sled-riding will be enjoyed by all. The evening will end with everyone enjoying freshly popped popcorn and hot chocolate.
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