The air is crisp and leaves have fallen from the trees. November is one of the busiest months of the year as we all begin prepping for the holiday season. There is Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the list goes on. But, most importantly we see the beginning of family traditions. Thanksgiving is a time for family and being thankful for those around you (near and far). A time to give thanks for all of the small things we so often take for granted day to day; like our spouses “putting up” with our high stress moods or our children presenting us with long but efficient list of what they want for Christmas.
Many families are even already trimming the Christmas tree adding ornaments and lights and putting them in the windows of their homes. Let’s begin at Thanksgiving since it is only a few days away. Some of the most memorable Thanksgiving moments from my childhood are when we pack up the car with snacks and hit the road for South Carolina for dinner and laughs with my dad’s family on Thanksgiving morning. Four hours on the road to Inman, SC where at least 50 members of the family gathered and unknown neighbors seemed to wander over for plates of food cooked throughout the day. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, listening to loud voices and laughter of old stories told during a game (or 6) of spades, these are just a few of the memories I will share from my Thanksgiving childhood. The next morning, we would wake up with my cousins at 3:00am and head to the stores we mapped out the night before. Black Friday Shopping! Not that we needed anything in particular, it was just what we did each year. Braving the crowded stores, dodging buggies, and determined people for so called “limited sale” items, strategizing lines of how to get in and out was just a part of the fun. Heck, I believe it had something to do with my over efficiency coupled with the need to plan every aspect of things out and drive to beat (not just meet) deadlines! So, I am thankful for that part of my childhood. We would finish by 9am and get back on the road to Georgia for what I would call my second Thanksgiving trip to grandma’s house for my special plate.
Families have many traditions in life as well as several more that cater to just the holidays. But, most importantly is that these times are spent with family, friends, and loved ones; letting them know (spoken and unspoken words) that we love and appreciate them and all that they do for us.
FAME would like to hear from you; what are your fondest Thanksgiving memories/traditions?
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