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Thankful Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a HUGE event.

My mother was one of ten children and many of them lived nearby and all of them had kids. I had a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Thanksgiving meant everyone gathered at my grandparent's house (so called, even long after they died) and brought their favorite hot dish and dessert.

FOOD! My goodness, there was food. PEOPLE! Always LOTS of them.

Once I married and had my own kids, we lived far away and made our own Thanksgiving celebration. Since there weren't many relatives nearby, I always extended our "family" by inviting someone (usually more than one) who for whatever reason was alone on Thanksgiving.

We were part of a large law enforcement community and there was always someone who was working the holidays and couldn't travel home for Thanksgiving. They came to our house.

I continue that to this day, usually some of my sons' friends who can't get to their family for some reason.

Thanksgiving is the most sharing holiday to me. Thankful for friends, family, loved ones, and fellowship with a few more who are just passing through.

The gathering of people is what makes Thanksgiving for me. And for this I'm extremely thankful!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FISHINGLADY66 11/10/2009 6:00PM

    Wonderful memories of Thanksgiving. We always had a lot of people and FOOD at Thanksgiving when I was growing up too. After my daughter got married she invited us to her house. This year she is going to her hubbies family for Thanksgiving. It will just be me and my hubby. I don't know what we will be doing yet. But I will be Thankful for my life and my family.
I once heard someone say: "The best thing in the house is the people."
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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EMMABE1 11/10/2009 5:38PM

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving but it sounds great fun.

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PJSTIME 11/10/2009 1:56PM

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No one is pressured to buy anything and it is just a day to be thankful with family and friends.PJ

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SERENITYSEL 11/10/2009 1:10PM

    Well, give me directions, and I'll be there too!!! Have a great time. I do not plan on counting calories that day (shame on me). I don't eat that much anyway. Everyone's plates are full and overflowing, and mine is barely full, with lots of room to see the plate. I cannot eat a lot at one sitting, that is my PROBLEM. If I could eat more, I think it would be better for me.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving. Sharon

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TRABOLD8567 11/10/2009 7:24AM

  Your tradition brings as much warmth to you as to the people you share it with. Bravo!!

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