The Big Thanksgiving Cookie – it’s a family tradition!Thanksgiving doesn’t officially happen until November 23rd, but this year the Odom family had the gathering a little earlier than usual. As all of our kids get older and everyone moves out of the general Birmingham/Jasper area, we are getting creative with how we celebrate and where!
This year, my niece Kate and her husband David wanted to host the family at their new home in Athens, Alabama. Kate and I kept in touch the week of the gathering via text message down to Kate making sure we had pumpkin pie covered for my daughter Emily. (I thought it was so sweet that Kate remembered how much her cousin loves pumpkin pie!) Their home is beautiful and there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out and enjoy each other’s company. But you know where everyone gathered, right? Yep…the kitchen! I told Kate that they have the same situation we have at our house…the end of the island is right in front of the refrigerator and that’s where everyone wants to stand! Of course, I said this as I was standing there opening a bottle of wine!!
Everyone was able to be there this year except for my daughter Anna Marie and her hubby Ryan. They were in town last weekend from Colorado for a family wedding so couldn’t return again this weekend. We were also missing my nephew Dustin and his daughter Maddie. They always make the gathering more lively! We missed them all. But we are working on a cousin reunion in December when everyone is back in town so stay tuned!
Our gathering was just what this family needed…great food, great wine (thank you Perry’s Steakhouse!), the tradition of our Thankful Tree, group photos and of course, the big cookie! I didn’t take as many photos as I normally do…surprise…but here are several I took throughout the day. Happy “early” Thanksgiving, everyone!