Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving Traditions

With Thanksgiving just three days away, let me hear how about your traditions and especially about your special dishes you will be enjoying.


Anonymous djb said...

We folks down here in South Jersey begin our thanksgiving by breaking out the musket and hunt'n some big 'ol fat turkey in the local wood!
Then Mama gets all the critters together for a good old-fashun cranberry pick. (We sing "Wade in the Water" while pick'n them berries, you know.)

SERIOUSLY ... we wake with a prayer of thanks and a traditional hymn of thanksgiving; then we'll soon ready ourselves for the annual service at Tenth. After that we'll head to Maryland to visit with some kin for a nice roast and fellowship: turkey, sweeeeeet potato casarole w/marshmellows melted on top; some pineapple stuffing and a nice cranberry dish; a little homemade bisket to boot and some thick rib-stick'n gravy! (I'm sure there's a vegetable in there somewhere.)

After that it's Lazy-Boy City for the men, accompanied by the football game and fun digestion. THEN, on to the desserts!!! Ambrosia, apple pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream (Breyer's), coffee, tea, and to top it all off ... TUMS!!!!

My wife asked me if the way in which we "indulge" may be considered to be one of the "seven deadly sins".
I said, "Well, I've read Milton and Dante. They have their ideas, but they're only men. I never read about the 'seven deadly sins' in the Bible."
I concluded with a smile, "You see, my dear, the Bible encourages us to enjoy the 'bounty of the Lord!'"
She simply gave me a dry look, and said, "So, 'yes' would be the correct answer."


12:56 PM  
Blogger S.Stoudt said...

I heard of one tradition from a former Bible study leader. She would write a personal note to each person at the table and leave it at their placesetting. The note would highlight why she was thankful for that person, and how God had made them.

Sounds like a lovely way to love your guests, although I have yet to implement the tradition myself. She said as her kids have grown up & moved out & married, they all seem to find a way to make coming to HER house a priority over the in-laws. :)

3:16 PM  
Blogger s duggan said...

My traditions have changed over the years as my life has changed. Growing up we always had folks to our house, since I had no grandparents etc. around after age 9 my dad (the pastor) always invited folks who also needed a family place to be and you could always count on him to bring home a person or two that he had encountered that day while making hospital or shut in calls.

Now we celebrate with my husbands family, or with whatever set of them is not with their inlaws. This year though I am actually back in MN to have thanksgiving with my parents for the first time in over 20 years.

The dish I always associate with thanksgiving is my mom's wildrice casserole made with real Minnesota harvested wild rice. Though I won't be able to have any this year since I'll have no where to cook, I do plan to pick up a big supply of the rice to last for many thanksgivings to come.

I have also started a blank thanksgivng journal where every year since the kids where old enough to talk we have each recorded what we are thankful for each year.

10:11 PM  

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