Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

My first ritual for preparing for Thanksgiving is to throw out last year’s frozen turkey. My husband is given one every year by his employer. We dutifully stash it in the freezer in anticipation of a great family gathering. Never happens. By the time we’ve accounted for the vegans and the paleos it sure doesn’t look like a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. For the past fifteen years or so we have had Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant.

Then I eye the turkey-roasting pan and consider re-purposing it. It could hold several potted geraniums and decorate the sun-porch next year. It could be used for mixing potting soil…hmmm.

I discovered that I am not alone in trying to re-style Thanksgiving. Here are some ways other people are doing away with tradition. Here’s a post about getting free of toxic family relationships. Even better.

Harriet Vaughan

About Harriet Vaughan

I am a Senior Move Manager, working with Senior Citizens and their families when it is time to downsize or just make the home safer and more comfortable for aging in place. I help these people make decisions about what to keep, throw out, donate, or sell. I also offer workshops on "Getting Things Done When You Are Over 60". I write about how to overcome memory lapses and how to use your physical energy well. I have a degree in Home Economics from the University of Maine. I live in Coopers Mills, about 14 miles east of Augusta. I have been married for almost 50 years to my husband, Chuck Vaughan. Our business is called Legacy Years Transition Services.