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A New England Thanksgiving

Spending time in Connecticut with my extended family is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition. That and watching the Rockettes perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

This year our celebration started with another tradition I love: cousin dinner on the night before Thanksgiving. It was a smaller group this time (normally there are a bunch of us!) with Greg and I joining Shannon, Marisa, Sarah and Bill for dinner in Guilford, Connecticut.

Cousin dinner allows us cousins to catch up and share details of our lives, away from the prying ears of the “adults!”

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then the next morning we woke up and watched the parade in our pajamas, just as the pilgrims intended.

We eventually showered, changed and pulled ourselves together in time to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in Colchester, Connecticut.

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Even though my brother Josh couldn’t join us this year, his wine still made an appearance!

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And so did many of my favorite family members.

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The food was incredible, as always, and so was the conversation. I’m so lucky to have the family that I do!

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And while we’re on the subject of traditions, Thanksgiving weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the beach. It was still beautiful even though it was absolutely freezing outside!

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As is typical in this family, we all got together for a group activity. This year it was bowling!

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And, since this is my blog and no one else is here to correct me, I’ll just say that I won both bowling games!

It was so nice spending another Thanksgiving with such wonderful people.

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A New England Thanksgiving - Connecticut dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I hope your holiday was just as special.

~A

P.S. In the spirit of holiday shopping, if you’d like to purchase my dresses you can find them here:

Plaid dress by Trina Turk

Green dress by Kate Spade New York

Maroon dress by Parker

For all of my Connecticut travel posts, click here.

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