The Holiday 5

This morning as I was getting ready, I heard the news anchor say that on average, American men and women gain 5-7 lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was shocked, but only because I think I probably gained that just during the week of Thanksgiving.

Do you cook? If you do, you know that we probably eat more while cooking/ taste testing than we do when we actually sit down to eat the meal. I would say I ate at least four portions of stuffing the day before Thanksgiving and probably the equivalent of two slices of cake and two slices of pie just licking the bowls after I made my desserts. Then the day of I helped my soon to be sister-in-law with the things she was cooking and I am positive I ate two bowls of mashed potatoes and at least one bowl of macaroni and cheese as I helped get those ready.

Not only did I definitely over eat, but we over cooked. After talking to my mom about how her Thanksgiving went back in Texas and how mine went in Florida, we came to the reality that Thanksgiving is one of the most insane days of the year for families. You cook way too much, argue over who makes what, dirty every dish you own and in the end we end up throwing out at least 25% of it, if not more. I mean I don’t know about you but there are only so many days I can heat up mashed potatoes and stuffing before I start to think that I will never be able to eat those dishes again!

This is not to take away from the importance of the holiday. We should stop to be thankful every day but at least on this one day we can really step back and look at our lives and appreciate what we have. I am just saying maybe we could do it with a little less insanity in the prep and wastefulness when we don’t get around to eating that 10th helping of leftovers.

With all that being said, I have to say I am extremely grateful this year! I have an amazing family (blood related and not) who support me whether they are here in Florida or all the way back in Texas. I live in a beautiful home with an amazing fiance who I will marry in just a few short months. Then last but definitely not least, I work for a great company where I enjoy coming in to work every single day!

On behalf of myself and Leonard’s Photography, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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