The (not so) Perfect Thanksgiving: Book Review

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 5:23pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Pinterest, Facebook, magazines, TV shows, blogs, all of these mediums can provide parents with so many options on how to make the Holidays “perfect” it can be overwhelming. Many of us are just doing our best to get our kids to their activities on time, hope they are eating some fruit or veggies at some point during the week, and hope the underwear we just grabbed came out of the clean hamper and not the dirty hamper. The extra “pressure” to make DIY table settings, cook a flawless meal, and find coordinating outfits for the family can make most of us want to throw in the towel.

With this is mind I recommend the book “The Perfect Thanksgiving”. This sweet story by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Joann Andinolfi compares two very different families’ Thanksgivings. One family is “perfect”. They have gourmet food, cousins who play quietly together, and perfect table manners. The other family is, well, more like my family.

"Our smoke alarm is wailing.

Our turkey, burnt as toast.

Dad spills the gravy down his shirt-

a less-than-perfect host".

I caught myself giggling along with my girls as we read the misadventures of the “not so perfect family”. My girls were laughing at the illustrations that perfectly capture the silliness that often comes along with big family events. My laughter? It had a lot more to with relating to the reality of what the holidays often feel like for parents like myself, who are somewhat domestically challenged.

What do these two very different families have in common? Love is the glue that holds them together! This message of being thankful for the love of our family no matter how perfect or imperfect really hit home to me. At the end of the day my girls may not have memories of Martha Stewart worthy holiday dinners but my hope is that they will always know they are fiercely loved!

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