It just occurred to me that most families get larger as the years go by. Kids grow up, get married, and have their own babies. For a while that's exactly what happened in our family. There was mom and dad, my sister, her spouse and daughter, and me, my spouse and daughter. Still not a big gathering but it was always wonderful getting together for the day, just to hang out, eat, and laugh. Then pile up plates for seconds later, and take it home. Even better, after spending half the day with my folks, my husband, daughter and I would go to his parents for the second half.
Talk about a huge family gathering! My in-laws had ten children, all of them were married and had kids. They lived in a fairly small house so when the whole family got together we'd set up tables in the kitchen, dining room, and living room and once you sat down, you didn't get up for nothing! We would literally pass the food from person to person, table to table. And every one brought a dish. Then the boys would go out to play touch football, the kids would run around, watch TV, whatever, and the girls cleaned up.
These days are a lot different. Mom passed away a few years ago, after a long illness. My sister, her husband, and our dad all moved to North Carolina shortly after. I lost my soul mate of seventeen years, last year, retired from Disney and moved in with my daughter and her family. My niece still lives here in Florida, too. My in-laws also passed away, many of their children divorced including their eldest son and me, and others moved away, so those family gatherings ended.
You can't stop change. Tomorrow we'll watch the Macy's Day Parade, drink wine and eggnog, just enjoy each other's company, oh and eat! LOL I hope you all get to spend the day with the people you love most.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!