An American Jewett Thanksgiving

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We spent our first Thanksgiving together, telling our kids how we do Jewett Thanksgiving. No one goes to school. No one goes to work. Housework minimal. Cartoons plentiful. Parade mandatory. (Addie kept yelling at the screen for them to throw her candy!) We play games as a family. We eat steak, not turkey, because no one REALLY likes turkey anyway. We wear stretchy pants because we eat all day.

Most of all, we are thankful that we are all together for Thanksgiving this year. We have food, we have shelter, we have God’s love, we have each other. Everything else is just bonus.

When we’ve asked our kids about Christmas — in French and in English — they seem to have no idea what we’re talking about. Santa Clause? No idea. They do know about baby Jesus but have no concept of traditions of the holiday otherwise. So we took them to one of our favorite Christmas destinations: Opryland Hotel. We arrived around 4:00 and it was empty. By the time we left, it was super crowded. But the kids had a great time (between pouting episodes). We played, ate ice cream, and looked at thousands of lights. It’s great to see them experience all the joy and wonder of holidays for the first time!

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