Traditions

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  1. TexasSky

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    Traditions are important to my family. I can't explain the feeling they give, but anyone who observes traditions of their own don't need for me to explain.

    As my children grow older I have discovered that they relate those traditions to memories of joy and are very insistent that we continue the traditions. Some things they view as tradition I just viewed as "a necessary part of holiday preparation".

    I ran into a young person this week who told me they don't have any traditions. The young man had a very dysfunctional family and listened to stories of other families' traditions with rapt attention and longing tones of admiration.

    It made me wonder - what are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Certain foods? Certain activities?

    We cook together, and that chattering in the kitchen has become a tradition, along with singing along with the Macy Parade.
    We watch the games and cheer for teams we may not even know.
    Of course we pray together and eat together.
    The day after Thanksgiving we hit the early morning sales with cocoa and checkbook in hand. That evening we decorate our tree.
    Then we sing carrols.

    When Christmas arrives - we will attend a midnight service on Christmas and we'll read the Luke account of Christ's birth.
     
  2. Servent

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    The only tradition I have at Thanksgiving is to spent it in the Texas hill country in a deer stand.
     
  3. Friend of God

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    Amen, Texas Sky! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Helen

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    this will be the first Thanksgiving there will not be a lot of us together. My husband won't be back from Australia until Dec. 1; my oldest daughter and her husband have moved to Wisconsin where he can train for the 2008 handicapped Olympics (wheelchair basketball), another son and daughter are states away. My oldest son drove up from California for the week, God bless him, so we will have a small turkey and see if there isn't a project we can't get done here to surprise Dad when he gets back.

    It's a strange time, this transition from one home to another and from one life to another. When the kids were young we had lots of traditions. As they have grown and gone on their own, things change. They are, for the most part, too far away for much now and some new ways need to be established.

    It's OK. It's just a little strange. But it will be fun to get something done that Barry doesn't expect to have done when he gets home (in a week and a day and a half...)
     
  5. All about Grace

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    Thanksgiving tradition ???

    Dallas Cowboys!!!
     
  6. TexasSky

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    Helen,

    With relatives in the mission fields and relatives working for Haz Mat (Hazardous Materials for those of you non-Americans - we've had to learn to celebrate with scattered family.)

    Some ideas to help you through this.

    Conference phone call, preferably on a speaker phone if you can do that, set up at a certain time so that everyone can talk at once and be as noisy and joyfully nuts as before.

    If you have computers and web cams - - arrange for everyone to light their Christmas trees by a certain time and send photos or videos via the internet as it is happening.

    Have each family hand make ornaments and send one of those to the other families, then take pictures of that ornament being hung on the tree.

    My Aunt and Uncle went to my college's biggest rival, and on Thanksgiving, since football is a big deal to our group, we'll zing emails back and forth during the game teasing one another about how the game is going.

    We also traded receipes. My grandmother's chocolate pie was a tradition. Everyone in my family now makes that pie, every year, carrying on a part of a tradition, and when we get together later and talk - that is something we all "have in common" as a memory, even though we were not together.

    My sister has this wonderful tradition of writing down favorite memories of by-gone days for relatives and sending it to them before a holiday. She puts them on parchment paper, and frames them, and mails them to people. My cousins say that reading those has become a tradition because it is the next best thing to having a relative sitting there telling you stories of your Mom's past.

    I've found those stories are important.

    I was going to say why in this thread, but I think I'll start another thread for that.
     
  7. Benjamin

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    My Grandma started a recipe of homemade noodles that are a traditon, got to have them, (probably my favorite thing to eat) I put them on top of the mashed potatoes with some extra gravy, makes great leftovers too with chunks of turkey in it. My mom and sisters are away this year so my wife MUST make them, YES the wife that burns 75% of my food and use to boil water on simmer. THAT’S RIGHT, didn’t know how to boil water! Yeah, the college graduate girl who over sees multi-million dollar loans and supervises over 30 people, left the insides of the turkey in, TWICE! Doesn’t like me in the kitchen when she’s cooking! Oh, I digress; stress is setting in… pray for my noodles.

    We have a Pilgrim-Turkey table center piece from my Grandma that we will be putting out every year.

    This will be our second Christmas in our new home, we need to start some special decoration traditions with all the special extra ornaments that won’t fit on the tree. I built a 20 foot shelf up high and put lots of plugs behind it and have begun to collect lighted Churches, houses and stores and such to create a Christmas village. We always set up a manger on what we call our “Bible mantle cabinet”.

    Used to dramatically read “The night before Christmas” after serving hot chocolate to the kids, then sneak out and throw big rocks on the roof right after they go to bed and rush in their rooms telling them they better hurry and go to sleep that I just thought I saw a red light and answer, “yeah, I thought I heard something too!” but they’ve outgrown all that. I need to think up something for the teen-preteen.
     
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    Being from Wisconsin, I have to support our own local industry....cranberries. So I always look for the cranberries in the shape of a can...and then let it pass by untasted. :D :D
     
  9. TexasSky

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    Untasted??? *GASP!* How can you NOT taste cranberries at Thanksgiving!
     

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