As Dillon and I prepare for our marriage, it is not lost on me that this is the last Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter that I will spend in my childhood home. I am excited to share the holidays with him as newlyweds next year, establishing traditions of our own to pass down someday. But until then, I am carving out some space here to share traditions and memories made while I was growing up.
With all of our immediate family living in New Hampshire, we have gathered in my grandparents home on Thanksgiving Day for as long as I can remember (except for 2001, when my aunt and uncle hosted everyone down the road). We have always gathered in the early afternoon, with everyone catching up for a bit before the meal is served (at which point I usually sneak a roll from the kitchen :)). Tappy usually carves the turkey with the help of one of the grandchildren, and then prays a blessing over the meal before we eat. Grammy always sets the table with her china (in the blue danube pattern) and includes her meat stuffing recipe along with all the traditional Thanksgiving staples (pictured below is my plate from 2013).
We often go around the room and share things we are thankful for that year, usually designating an item to serve as a ‘talking stick’ because everyone gets excited to share at the same time (pictured below is this tradition in 2010, with our Tabasco sauce talking stick).
We have also had a household tradition for years of watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles on the night before Thanksgiving. With the exception of the curse words (take caution), it is a fun tradition that elicits heaps of laughter every time. We have been quoting our favorite scenes for a few weeks now in anticipation and I’m excited for Dillon to join us for it this year!
Our Thanksgiving traditions are simple but carry with them a familiarity that brings the family together year after year, and for that I am thankful! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!