24 November 2010
As Kimberly Powell states in her post Top 5 Family Thanksgiving Traditions, “Traditions are a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday, and every American family has their own way of celebrating. From stuff the turkey to taking in a football game …”
Such traditions are part of our heritage. Many of what have become your family’s traditions probably reflect traditional practices that you and/or a spouse grew up with or new traditions created for your new family.
I can tell you that on Thanksgiving my family always has turkey with stuffing (no giblets), mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce (served from a can and in slices) 5 cup salad, a vegetable, and pumpkin pie with cool whip topping just like I always had growing up. After living in the south for many years we added sweet potatoes prepared with brown sugar, marshmallow crème, and spices as a requirement.
Since my mother was born in the
, we’ve also been known to have Christmas Crackers at Thanksgiving, though more often at Christmas and New Years Eve festivities. UK
I grew up watching the Macy’s day parade and we have continued to do that, though now afterwards we watch The National Dog Show after my children fell in love with it many years ago.
Some families have traditions of sharing Thanksgiving with parents, siblings, etc. We’ve always lived far enough away from family to not make that practical, although it is a beloved tradition for many.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Are they the traditions of your parents or your grandparents? Maybe you have traditions with deeper historic roots. We would love to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions and whether they are family traditions or new traditions.
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from
NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future Upfront with◦
NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com.
Posted by Diane L Richard at Wednesday, November 24, 2010