We all probably remember certain Thanksgiving traditions with our family and friends. For me, it was my grandpa carving the turkey each year, my grandma’s lime and carrot Jell-O mold, and a friendly game of family Poker when dinner was complete. Now I have my own home, my own turkey carver, and my own side dishes, but one thing I will always remember is that tradition is important to family especially at Thanksgiving.
Here are some of the traditions that I experienced as a kid and how those have been updated to reflect my life as adult with my own home and family.
Old tradition #1: my grandma had most of the work for dinner done by the time we arrived at her house Thanksgiving Day. She never wanted any help, but there always some little job that she could give me to do.
New tradition #1: my mom comes to our house to assist with prep work the night before as well as early the day of Thanksgiving. We usually incorporate some drinks and some finger food while we prep for the big dinner.
Old tradition #2: we always had the same sides with our turkey. Those usually included white and sweet potatoes, green Jell-O, Brussel sprouts, and of course my grandma’s wonderful stuffing and pumpkin pie.
New tradition #2: we now always have the same sides with our turkey as well, but different from when I grew up. Those usually include white and sweet potatoes, corn, my mom’s wonderful stuffing, and my own pumpkin pie.
Old tradition #3: my grandpa stuffed and carved the turkey, my grandma cooked most of the meal, and my mom and I would help wash the dishes by hand afterwards.
New tradition #3: my daughter stuffs the turkey, my dad or boyfriend carves the turkey, my mom, daughter, and I pitch in to cook the meal, and we load the dishwasher (washing the China by hand, of course) afterwards.
Old tradition #4: we always said “Grace” before everyone dug in like they had not eaten in a year. New tradition #4: before we say “Grace” we go around the table and everyone says what they are thankful for – then we dig in like we have not eaten in a year.
Old tradition #5: each year’s dinner was eaten on my grandma’s best China.
New tradition #5: each year’s dinner is eaten on my grandma’s China which I now possess. I have also tried to purchase a few new items here and there that I might pass down to my daughter someday.
I miss the Thanksgiving dinners that we had when I was a kid, but am thankful to be able to carry some of those traditions over. I will never forget those wonderful dinners as a child, but I will also never forget these awesome dinners as an adult. I hope that my daughter will always remember our family traditions and cannot wait to see which ones she updates someday.
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