Wednesday, November 13, 2013
My week 2 blog assignment for the A&I BSG challenge is: What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have done or now do with your family?
One thing I know is that family traditions sure do evolve over the course of your lifetime! When I was a child, we had Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house on my mom’s side with my aunt and uncle and two cousins. We never did holidays with my dad’s family, so it was a small gathering back then. I have very foggy memories of what we did, but it was always about the food, of course, watching the Macy parade and football games, and being together. I remember my grandmother would love to pick the turkey carcass clean after dinner, as we made leftover packets for everyone to take home, and she made a delicious apple tart for dessert, along with pumpkin pie. My sister carried on the tradition of making them after she died.
My parents had Thanksgiving at their house a few times, when my grandparents were older and couldn’t do it anymore. And then when I was married the tradition shifted and we had Thanksgiving at our house for 25 years in a row! Everyone always brought something, and we pretty much had the same thing year after year, sometimes trying out new recipes. My dh, who is a great cook would make the turkey and sweet potatoes and creamed onions. I made a vegetable casserole, corn, cornbread and sometimes a jello salad, my mom made her delicious potato filling and cranberry relish, and my sister made the pies. My mom also would make fall flower arrangements inside small pumpkins, and I placed them on the table along with candles and cornhusk dolls. Our biggest gathering was 18, I think (small in comparison to some families, I know!) When my grandfather died, my grandmother came with her sister, and we had my in-laws, too, as well as my sister and her family, and my aunt and two cousins. But then my cousins got married and had families of their own, and the gathering became smaller again. My grandmother and great-aunt, and my in-laws have all passed away, so our Thanksgiving celebration is just Dave, Sean and myself, my parents, and my sister, BIL, and two nephews.
Now that we have sold our house this past June and are living in our RV, my sister is going to have Thanksgiving for the first time! It will be really strange, but I will be glad not to have to get ready for company or clean up afterwards! I have no idea what will happen with future holidays…we are moving to our new Florida home the day after Thanksgiving. I am sure there will be more changes as time goes on. Right now, I am very thankful to have my parents still around to share the holiday with us! I feel very blessed!