As those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while know, I LOVE Thanksgiving. It doesn’t hurt that it arrives in the middle of Fall which you know I also LOVE.
The first story I ever wrote as an adult was about our family’s first Thanksgiving. Both sides of the family came to us in our small Austin apartment. Ever after, save for a couple of exceptions, we’ve celebrated the holiday in our home.
Our former dining room.
The celebration has changed over the years. Sometimes, we had friends as well as family. Sometimes, we’ve just had family. Sometimes, as we lost loved ones, the family became very small. Of course, the Family has also expanded with our daughters’ marriages to wonderful men and ultimately, the addition of the “grands.” When possible, we’ve included MsIL.
My father was an excellent turkey chef. He taught my husband, who we all agree roasts the best turkey anywhere! Bob is now giving thought to teaching those skills to one of the SsIL so the tradition can continue.
This year, we will be blessed with our nephew, his wife,and their three awesome daughters. Bless Nelson’s heart. He’ll be the only male kid. I’m sure he’ll manage just fine. We’ll be tight, but the more the merrier is what I say. I ’m so grateful that Eric and his family are close to our girls’ families. More cousins is always better.
We have “traditional” foods. As older family members have passed on, younger members have stepped up to make sure we get to enjoy Auntie’s sausage balls and her Christmas Munch (known to others as Chex mix), and my mother’s cranberries and pumpkin pie.
What are your family traditions around this holiday? One of ours is going around the table so everyone can state what he/she is grateful for even when the grands were very small.
Is it important to follow those traditions or do you try to do something new every year? Have you always eaten at home or does your family vote for a restaurant holiday?
Next Thursday, you won’t get a blog post from me, but my newsletter will go out with information about an upcoming book sale I’ll run around this holiday. Hint: VERMONT ESCAPE
Thanks to Toni, Toni, (yes, two of them are named Toni 😊)and Julie for volunteering to be my Beta readers on the last book in the Second Chances Series. I’m thinking I can get this to you by mid-December. I’m about half-way through my word search, checking for repetition. As Julie mentioned, this one has taken me a long time.
Wish you a warm, wonderful holiday with lots of family and friends nearby and plenty of great food to eat. (Football if you choose. We watch it in tribute to Auntie who was a huge Cowboys Fan.) Love to hear from you
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