It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chapter 11, Page 12, Book 09

Seen outside a church in Florida:
Count your blessings.
Recounts are okay

We've put what we are thankful for on the leaves hanging above


With Thanksgiving on my mind lately, I've come to realize just how blessed we are to have family traditions which are followed year after year. The reason the holiday was created in the first place was to give thanks to the Lord for his bountiful provision in our lives

Family—that's what we think about at the Thanksgiving table. We are all thankful for so many things, but having family members nearby is one of many wonderful Thanksgiving family traditions

Many of these traditions are food related. These foods include the ever present turkey, maybe ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and a myriad of pies including pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and mincemeat

There is Macy's parade to watch on tv and football on television is an important tradition too.
Then there are other favorite Thanksgiving traditions. One is around the dinner table before the Thanksgiving feast. Each person says what or who they are thankful for having in their life. After all, giving thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about.

Another common tradition is having two people break the turkeys wishbone. The person who ends up with the longer, broken half will have his wish (made prior to breaking the wishbone) fulfilled

Every year right before we sit down to eat, we gather everybody together to take a family photo.

Something I'm trying this year will be to put a quarter under a plate at one place setting at the dinner table. Put a penny under two different plates at two other place settings. After the blessing have everyone pick up their plates. The person who has the quarter under their plate has to stand up and give a Thanksgiving toast. The two people with pennies under their plates get to make wishes and break the wishbone

After Thanksgiving the holiday music station starts playing 24 hour Christmas songs, which I love, and we always make the day after Thanksgiving a Family Day

Being thankful is what this holiday is all about and your traditions should be personal and meaningful to you and the people at your gathering

‘On Ya’-ma


Sugar said...

our wonderful to have a big family & holiday traditions that carry on!
our family was small, but always honored traditions, till my Mom passed...i came to live with my older son, then other son died. traditions passed away too. very sad indeed.
it's rather cool here, but not bad yet. won't be long till snow & ice will blanket us, with teen & single digit temps, brrr.
have a busy day, have to have my presugrical testing today, & do last minute things,as tomorrow is surgery day.

Kathy said...

I think the traditions are what make the holidays so memorable and why we look forward to them. Over the years a lot of them go away with deaths in the family or divorces, etc. But some go on and others become new traditions. Your post made me really excited for Thanksgiving to get here.

betty said...

you have such a beautiful family Ma! It must be so neat to look at the family photos from year to year and see how the kids have grown. And I know sometime this month a new little one will be joining your wonderful family!

loved reading this about traditions and thanksgiving. I like your idea about the quarter and the pennies, very clever!


Scrappy quilter said...

I love family traditions. Your idea with the quarter and the two pennies...priceless. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Joan said...

What lovely traditions you have for Thanksgiving we do not celebrate it overhere whick I think is a grat pity it would be nice for all the family to be together. Take care Love Joan

Sybil said...

We don't have a Thanksgiving holiday over here in the UK. But our christmas celebrations run along very similar lines...I do love the idea of having your family photograph taken each year, what a treasury of memories you will all share,
Much Love sybil xx

Martha said...

How wonderful! I love your family traditions. Mine were always very similar when I was younger but there is only my immediate family and my mother left to celebrate with - that's one of the sad parts about being an only child. Someday when my children are grown we will have a crowd again :-)