Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Eat More Ham

I love Thanksgiving.  It is definitely my all-time favorite holiday, even though it is usually just me and the kids anymore.  Most years, I get up early, put the turkey in the oven, and settle down to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade by myself.  You have no idea how much it pained me the six years I had to miss it when we lived in England!  I even have a favorite float, Tom the Turkey.

I don't know what it is about it, but it just makes me smile... and started yet another collection of mine.  Perhaps the collection was also influenced by the Steiff turkey that my mom had when I was growing up.

I sure would love to have one like it now!  I know it is kinda ugly, but it takes me right back to when I was little.  Instead, I have several Jim Shore Heartwood Creek turkeys that I love almost as much. 

I also have a couple of random turkeys, such as this glass candy dish and a set of Christmas ornaments/placecard holders.

My favorite has to be the turkey that my mom and I painted in 1996 while they were visiting us in Oklahoma. We were looking for something to do (we lived in a very small town), and found the paper mache forms at Walmart.  She was nervous about painting one, but I think they both turned out great.  I keep mine out all year (on a ceramic lettuce leaf plate).  

It figures that I prefer ham over turkey though, eh?  

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  


  1. Love your new Santa! Sorry, I ever sold that great Steif Turkey, but............, however my most, most favorite of all is my "Thomas the Turkey" that we painted. One of the best days of my life -- to get to spend it with you and the grand kids painting! And I was worried about painting -- you were a good teacher! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Love, Mom

  2. You are wonderfully quirky! This is the first turkey collection I have heard of and it's great! I really love that first turkey pictured after the float.

  3. Isn't that Steiff turkey great? Weird toy to make for kids, but I loved it when I was growing up. I would love to find one like it again some day. The turkeys are probably one of my stranger collections (well, less strange than the 200+ coffee mugs with geese on them that we used to have), but there is just something about them that I love. :)