Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. And don’t forget Friendsgiving and fall. I know I’ve talked about it before – so I’m not going to go on and on about it here. But today I want to talk about why I love Friendsgiving. My family has an INTENSE Thanksgiving tradition. Well, really any holiday – but particularly Thanksgiving.
Friendsgiving allows me to love on friends and let them into my four walls. Not only do I enjoy setting my table, but I enjoy cooking the food.. Obviously.
But what does Thanksgiving really mean and what should Friendsgiving mean to you?
Thanksgiving is about basking in the manifold, abundant, overflowing, all-sufficient grace of God in all that He is for us and all that he has done, is doing, and promises to do for us in our lives. This extended feast of too much delicious food is intended to be a symbol, a small picture, a momentary experience of what God’s grace is like. It is to help us “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
“taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8
I’m all about intentionality. I love this time of year because it is so important to be intentional with your friends, your family, the gifts and of course, food. Even though they might not notice you remembered the loved nutmeg in their cranberry chutney or that their Christmas gift was intentionally thought-through… that is what the season is about. The time spent on those that you love most.
This Friendsgiving I made several things. I’m going to focus on a couple of them. Let me know in the comments below if you made them and what you thought!
First off, the table. Usually I go with a gold and silver Pumpkin+Thanksgiving theme. However, this year I decided to use colorful fruits that were in season. Think Pomegranates, lemons, Meyer lemons, limes, persimmons, blood and naval oranges. I coupled these with magnolia leaves and colorful flowers to match the purple goblets and teal plates at each place setting.
There was quite the ordeal getting the turkey to where you see it. Read it here. I never thought you could buy a completely frozen turkey 12 hours before you needed to serve it. Here is the secret! 🙂 I just hope you are okay staying up all night.
Check out this delicious roasted sweet potatoes recipe here. These sweet potatoes and roasted pumpkin seeds recipe is one to keep. By far, my favorite recipe I made this Friendsgiving and Fall.
Need a colorful dish for your Thanksgiving menu?
Sure to make this list is the Brussel Sprouts + Beets + Butternut Squash Salad, served cold. How beautiful is this thing? Serve, Eat, Enjoy! Recipe here.
You can find my two casseroles here! The first one is the broccoli casserole, second is the Three Cheese Truffle Mac n Cheese. Let’s just say the Mac n Cheese was to die for. Amazing. You need to make it immediately!
This season is about celebrating Jesus and all that He has given us. The food is not meant to be the focus; it is meant to be a finger pointing to the abounding grace of God (2 Corinthians 9:8) that is enveloping us like a flood.
It is meant to be the finger pointing to the abounding grace of God.
After our prayer around the Gosser table… we sing the Doxology. And as that goes – so I hope it centers you around your Friendsgiving Table.
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Oh Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”
Leave a comment below on what you made for your Friendsgiving. I’m so interested in your Friendsgiving and Fall season! Please let me know where you need inspiration leading into next week’s BIG DAY!