Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Traditions

It always seems that once Halloween arrives, the rest of the year just flies.  And sure enough, here we are at the beginning of Thanksgiving week already.  Since I shared some of my Halloween memories last month, I thought it would be fun to share some of my family's Thanksgiving traditions, too.

Our Thanksgiving Day begins with family morning time.  My mom always makes breakfast pizza, so we will munch on that while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Emma was only 6 months old last Thanksgiving.  (This year, she'll be 18 months on Black Friday!)  So I'm hoping she'll be able to enjoy the parade this year, and that she'll grow to love it as much as I do.  

I guess our main Thanksgiving tradition is cooking and over-eating!  My family must believe "too much is better than not enough" because there is always way too much food.

My mom does the majority  of the cooking, but my grandmother and I do some, too.  Mom will make her should-be-world-famous dressing.  We'll have turkey, ham, dressing, squash casserole, fried okra, deviled eggs, mashed potato casserole, English pea casserole, caramel cake, coconut cake, and banana pudding.  Oh, and garlic cheese grits.  (My grandmother makes these for my brother.)

So as you can see, there's no need to worry about us, we will be well-fed this Thanksgiving.

I think holiday traditions are wonderful.  It's important to me to be able to pass those along to the next generation and maybe even start some new traditions of our own.  And also to remember what this holiday is all about.

This year, I am thankful for good health.  I am thankful for friends.  I am thankful for employment.  I am thankful for all of the many wonderful people I've met and gotten to know through Cloud 9.  And I am thankful for my family.

I have no idea what I would do without the love and support of my family.  I'm thankful to be able to spend another Thanksgiving with my 85-year old grandmother.   Having a holiday, or any day, to spend with loved ones is priceless.

May each of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions and memories?


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