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joyful 09-03-2012 03:16 PM

Thanksgiving memories
 
We seen postings about Christmas memories and traditions and I thought it would be interesting to get Thanksgiving memories and traditions listed also.

My childhood Thanksgiving memories are having dinner at my g-grandmother/g-aunt's house. They raised my mother and her siblings when my mother's mom died 6 weeks after the birth of the 5th child. My mom was the oldest at the age of 12.

So Thanksgiving was spent with these two dear ladies and my Mom's sibling and all of my cousins. It was a very special time and what made it even more special was it was the time we drew names for Christmas gifts. And the name drawn was kept a secret so I never knew who had my name until Christmas Day.

This was made possible because we all lived close by, some on the same street and others not too far from my g-grandmother. As a result, I continue to be close to many of my cousins and I think of my g-grandmother often. She was a wonderful lady and had many siblings of her own. She took her 5 grandchildren in and raised them even though she still had two of her own at home, plus she raised her other daughter's two girls and a g-grandchild. She never complained, she had a special way to raise children and never made me feel less of a person.
She lost two of her daughters just six months apart (one was my grandmother) and they both were in their 30's and left children. She never talked about it, which explains I never knew until I started doing some family research in the 1990's. She died when I was 18 years old but I was not sad for I knew she was ready to go and lived a full life till the age of 89.

aleighanne 09-09-2012 10:24 AM

We never had a big extended family Thanksgiving. It was usually just us. I remember once my grandparents came to our house for Thanksgiving. I just love the memories of watching the parades and there was a radio station that would play Christmas music on Thanksgiving day so we would tune in to listen. A few times we had Thanksgiving with family friends and that was fun and interesting but I was disappointed because we had no leftovers ha ha!!

Jeff Westover 09-09-2012 10:28 AM

I would recommend a visit to RealThanksgiving.com, where we have had some folks blog about this topic.

Christmasstar 09-09-2012 03:03 PM

Thanksgiving is always a time for family get together for us. We have it at different homes each year. One year my brother and his wife hosted and she got the bright idea to eat outside on the deck (our thanksgiving in Canada is in Oct) The day was nice and warm and sunny so having it outside would not be to bad. Problem was she decided not to start serving until 7pm...sun almost set and temps going down as they do this time of the year. Everyone was shivering and the food got cold before it could be eaten. Slowly people started to disappear from the deck and a line formed at the microwave. No one was going back outside. Finally my sister in law comes in wanting to know where everyone went. LOL The rest of the evening was inside and never again did anyone suggest an outdoor thanksgiving meal!

trackrebel 09-10-2012 12:03 PM

Your great-grandmother must really have been a GRAND woman...I am glad You had her in Your life...nobody will ever be able to take those beautiful memories of Yours away.....Bless Ya

Holiday 09-10-2012 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Christmasstar (Post 462231)
Thanksgiving is always a time for family get together for us. We have it at different homes each year. One year my brother and his wife hosted and she got the bright idea to eat outside on the deck (our thanksgiving in Canada is in Oct) The day was nice and warm and sunny so having it outside would not be to bad. Problem was she decided not to start serving until 7pm...sun almost set and temps going down as they do this time of the year. Everyone was shivering and the food got cold before it could be eaten. Slowly people started to disappear from the deck and a line formed at the microwave. No one was going back outside. Finally my sister in law comes in wanting to know where everyone went. LOL The rest of the evening was inside and never again did anyone suggest an outdoor thanksgiving meal!

Well you may never have another outdoor Thanksgiving in Canada, but I bet you will never forget the one you did have! :smile:

I love reading Thanksgiving stories! I hosted my families Thanksgiving last year - I liked that b/c my house was cleaned from head to toe before Thanksgiving & ready for the tree to go up the day after Thanksgiving! I might have to think about hosting again this year. :) Two years ago we started having our own "Turkey Trot" which leaves from our house & we walk 3-4 miles. My sisters/nieces/friends come over to walk in the morning, then after our walk they come in for coffee & pumpkin muffins, then everyone goes home to get ready for family parties. Last year I told whoever wanted to come over by 2:00 we would watch Miracle On 34th Street (on NBC) & we had dinner (supper) around 5:00! My family (parents, brothers/sisters/nieces/nephews/spouses/great neices/nephews) consists of about 45 people. Unforutnately this year we will be minus one as my brother passed away in March. It will be sad -little did we know that Thanksgiving last year would be my brothers last visit to our house! :(

novelist 10-15-2012 02:43 PM

:corn:When I was growing up, my parents always had Thanksgiving at our house. it was such a nice day, with the family all being together. After my sister got married, she and her husband hosted Thanksgiving, and we went there for years. Now, the family has gotten so big, it's impossible for all of us to celebrate together. My sisters all celebrate with their own families. That said, my husband and I have started a tradition we've done since before we were married. Thanksgiving morning, we give eachother one small Christmas gift. It's so nice spending the day at home. My step sons and wives come over, and we have a nice holiday celebration.

GingerMel 10-16-2012 09:00 AM

Before my grandmother passed away we used to all go to her house and have a big family Thanksgiving. She had five kids, three of which lived in the same area so I would get to see a bunch of my cousins/aunts/uncles.

Once she died it was a lot harder to get everyone together. They seem to just celebrate on their own now, which I find really sad. One year we had a big get together at my uncle's house and my aunt/uncle even flew in from TX. It was fantastic but we didn't do it again the next year for whatever reason.

lauriebear 10-16-2012 11:12 AM

Thanksgiving was always celebrated as that church soup kitchen, every year my grandmother raised me and she believed that sharing and preparing food for those who needed help was very important we had some great times, when my grandfather was alive with us he always made the pies, he would say no body makes them like I do and he was right, they were the best. I still miss them both and I still do the soup kitchen, except now I go in on the Wednesday night until Thursday morning, then we head home and prepare our days celebration. It is an amazing time every year I swear is better then the last one!

MerryCarey 10-16-2012 11:19 AM

When I was small, Thanksgiving was the day my parents made their fruitcakes for Christmas. I blogged about it here---the recipe is included! cheesy


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