Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Season of Thanks

This week is Thanksgiving and how I love being an American, so I can officially celebrate these amazing holidays. This day of thanks was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is a holiday that is mainly celebrated in the United States but even has some roots in The Netherlands. Many of the Pilgrims who migrated to the Plymouth Plantation had resided in the city of Leiden from 1609–1620, and had recorded their births, marriages and deaths at the Pieterskerk (St. Peter's church). To commemorate this, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in the Pieterskerk, a Gothic church in Leiden, noting the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World.

It’s amazing to see that everything in the world is somehow connected even when not expected. So for the people who do not know or celebrate this tradition it mainly includes eating a lot of food. My father used to make Thanksgiving dinner each year, Btw Thanksgiving is on the last Thursday of November. Sometimes it used to be just the two of us, but man could he cook! I am very proud of my all-American father, he did well raising me and for that i am thankful. So, getting back on topic since about three years the Armstrong Thanksgiving is hosted by me. I invite friends and family to come over and enjoy a great Thanksgiving meal that I have been preparing all day. All of a sudden I have gone from blogger/PR girl to kitchen queen! Yesss. You will see food flying through the kitchen, because although I love cooking and hosting parties and events it’s the most stressful time of the year, the holidays. Because you aren’t only arranging a whole party, you are cooking, hosting and entertaining. Some tips from me to keep your cool are:
  • Try to manage your time well
  •  Make a list of your to do’s
  •  Make sure you are finished with all of the preparing before your guests arrive
  • Ask friends to help set up
  • Make a time specific schedule!!
This years I will be entertaining 4 guests, 5 in total with myself included. I will start doing shopping on Wednesday and preparing some of the dishes because each year I have the issue that my oven is to small and I have to cook everything at the same time. Tonight, I will make up the menu’s and make shopping lists YEEY. I am so excited, I promise I will make a Vlog of my step by step Thanksgiving preparations. But for now just some table inspirations to get you started.

-       Happy Turkey Day -


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