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Give Thanks: Part 3

Today I'm feeling thankful for tradition. The holiday season can bring joy and sadness, but in the midst of it all I think many of us either relish the traditions that we grew up with or we long to make new traditions of our own. For most families, I would guess it's a beautiful tapestry of blending the two.

Some of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving include gathering in the family room to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade, bundling up and heading to our high school for the rivalry football game, and arriving at my grandmother's house where family members were nearly out-numbered by pies! I've carried on the tradition of the post-dinner craft where we all (the women and children that is) gather around the table and create some sort of holiday craft together. For several years right after my husband and I were married, we took his younger cousins to the movies on Thanksgiving night - lots of great memories were made. And there are of course the food traditions. Beyond the turkey, I love the cherished family recipes that make our table unique.

The last couple of years have been the formation of new traditions for our family. Last year we hosted friends and family with a feast that included a fire both indoors and out... the smell of wood burning mingled with turkey and potatoes and pies is etched in my mind as one of the best I can remember.

This year we are making a new memory by adding a road trip to our list of Thanksgivings. It might even bring with it the start of new traditions again. I'll have to keep you posted....

Please share a favorite family tradition with us! We might just make it a new tradition in our home too.

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