Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving, well any holiday really, is the perfect excuse to get the family together to share in food and company. My family loves any excuse to eat. We all love to share in food and though it isn’t the fanciest cooking out there, we sure do love it.  Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to come together and celebrate food.


Growing up, we always had a huge meal at our house on Thanksgiving. My aunts and uncles would come in and we would fill the kitchen and have a table in the living room for the kids. We always had so much fun. My mom has always loved making our Thanksgiving meal, and I have always loved to help. We typically have the normal American Thanksgiving consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, noodles, green beans, and rolls. For dessert, we always had a similar size spread. Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, cheesecake, you name it, we normally had it.


I have always loved spending the entire day surrounded by family, even if now our tradition has changed a bit. These days, with my dad out on the road, Pat married, and Jake and I together, it is a lot harder to get us all together for a whole day. So, now we have our family Thanksgiving the week before. It allows Pat and Leigha to go to Leigha’s mom’s and be with her family, and it gives Jake and I the chance to go the be with his family. Whether that be in Pennsylvania or here. It might not be the tradition that we grew up with, but it works for us.


If you saw my last post, you’ll know that I have a very large family. And most of that was only my mom’s siblings and their kids and grandkids. When I was growing up, we would have what we called Thanksgiving in the Woods. We would rent out one of the shelter houses at Highbanks and all of my mom’s family would come together for food and fun. It was a blast. Sadly, as people grow old, family gatherings tend to stop. In our case, many of the younger generations didn’t want to take on the responsibility of planning and setting up, so now it is just my aunts and uncles and cousins who get together every year.


The most important thing about the holidays is, and will always be spending time with family. I absolutely adore this time of year for that reason alone. Family is crazy and a lot to handle sometimes, especially mine, but they are the people who tend to love us most in the world and who will always have your back. It doesn’t matter how you see them or what you do with them, it just matters that you spend time together and let them know how much you love them!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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