We know that Thanksgiving Day gives us an opportunity to connect with family and friends, and one of the biggest parts of the day is the food. Sharing food is another way that we connect with each other. It technically could fall under connecting through acts of service or connecting with family, but sharing a meal together is special in its own way. Food, and especially during the holidays, isn’t just about the taste and the presentation. It’s about so much more: memories, traditions, feelings, and ambience.

Thanksgiving meal

When you serve or are served a Thanksgiving meal, what kind of feelings and emotions do you have? What kind of memories do you experience during the meal? By serving certain types of foods at Thanksgiving, the feelings of warmth and tradition bring some level of comfort to us. Our world is ever-changing and feels a bit unstable, but the simple act of sitting down together for a Thanksgiving meal with our favorite dishes can help us to feel grounded again and experience a little of the stability that we crave. Because of this, we can connect more easily with our friends and family at our table and repair or strengthen neglected relationships. The foods we all enjoy can bring us together and begin a season of peace, charity, and grace.

What are your favorite foods to share and connect over during Thanksgiving? I’ll share my simple menu for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. I tried not to overdo it this time and am sticking mostly to tradition. Find my menu with links to recipes below.

Thanksgiving Meal Menu

Pumpkin Bread
Sweet Spiced Nuts

Main Dish:
Brined, roasted turkey

Thanksgiving meal

Side Dishes:
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Colorful Roasted Vegetables
Cranberry-Apple Sauce

German Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie (new dessert I’m adapting & attempting)

Thanksgiving meal

I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving meal, connecting over your very favorite foods. Tell me what one of your favorite Thanksgiving foods is – I’m all about mashed potatoes and gravy myself! By the way, there’s still time to sign up for my Thanksgiving PDF if you haven’t yet.



6 Comments on The Thanksgiving Meal – Connecting Through Food

  1. Well hello there my friend. I’m taking a break from food prep and thought I’d visit. When I sit down at the Thanksgiving table I’m usually exhausted. LOL! Every since I’ve taken over the full responsibility of Thanksgiving dinner, my feelings have changed a bit when I sit down. I no longer take for granted what my mom did for many many years before me. I’m now very thankful that I get to repay her service by serving her and everyone else sitting at my tables. It’s hard and time consuming but there is a lot of love that goes into preparing such a meal and I really do enjoy it.
    As for the meal, it’s pretty traditional. Turkey, stuffing (your recipe) mashed potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, creamed onions, cranberry relish, 2 chocolate cream pies, apple crisp, pumpkin pie, and a cheesecake. LOL! I did delegate some of that this year as we are having around 19 people. :-)
    Well I should get back to work.
    Big I’m bringing back the hug because I miss it but I won’t over use it I promise but I had to this once size hugs to you.
    Love ya and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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