Thanksgiving Traditions


Thanksgiving traditions ..
Sleighinwoods Over the river and through the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;

In 2007, getting to Grandma's house is less likely to be by sleigh and horse and more like arriving by a jet plane or in an SUV. It really doesn't matter how we find our way "home" or to be with the people who matter to us. Girlfriend, it seems to me that traditions become even more important when as Carole King sang so hauntingly - So far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door

When I moved from Boston to Atlanta I found that the lines blurred between family and friends. I also found that I had a need to create my own traditions. For Thanksgiving I always roast a turkey and make chestnut stuffing. This year my 17-year old nephew Scott has come to visit making the holiday extra special.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? I asked on Facebook -  "What's traditional to have at your Thanksgiving dinner?"  Here are the responses ..

  • B.L. Ochman: My family does a very traditional meal, with fish for me because I'm a vegetarian. My favorite thing is the cranberry sauce my sister makes with oranges in it. It's not about the meal though, it's about being together.
  • Christine B. Whittemore: We blend French [my mom] with American for Thanksgiving. Turkey -bien sure- but the stuffing is where the French influence comes in: no bread, lots of fruit, nuts, sausage, garlic, etc. Thanksgiving is the day when America eats better than France. Sidebar: C.B.'s adorable daughter Emma wishes Momma's Blogger's A Happy Thanksgiving. Too cute!
  • Sandi Karchmer Solow: Besides my parents, we've started to have smoked turkey (made using a Big Green Egg) as the main entree.
  • David Reich: What's traditional for me is that I always overeat -- majorly. There's turkey, veggies, chicken soup (often with matzoh balls) and my two major food weaknesses -- stuffing and mashed potatoes. I can - and often do - eat embarrasing amounts of both.
  • Carolyn Townes: Since I crash at some other family on Thanksgiving, I can't be too choosy! The basics, turkey and the trimmings, there is also salmon for the vegetarians.
  • Celeste Lindell: My blog post yesterday pretty much covered our Thanksgiving dinner, including the recipes!
  • Cynthia De Lorenzi: We enjoy a mix of southern and northern traditions at our Thanksgiving feast. Our menu includes Sausage and Apple Stuffing, Giblet gravy, homemade Cranberry Sauce, Asparagus Casserole, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Fruit Ambrosia, Texas Potatoes & Pecan Pie.
  • Drew McLellan: We do a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the addition of an old family favorite -- a lime jello mold that has pineapple chucks and vanilla ice cream in it. It's excellent!
  • Gavin Heaton: Now, you know we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia. And, being a vegetarian, I am soooo unlikely to go for Turkey. But for a special event where I surround myself with family and friends, I almost always go for fresh, king or tiger prawns.

In the spirit of giving thanks .. I'm forever grateful for your kindnesses and friendships. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from me and Max!


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Happy Thanksgiving, Toby!

Posted by: Average Jane on Nov 22, 2007 7:26:47 AM

my personal tradition is to hang out with my family, and I'm fascinated by the more broad 'tradition' of denoting a day of thanksgiving, especially here in America. I've written a bit about it from a marketer's perspective, which you can check out at DIM BULB if you'd like. Have a great holiday!

Posted by: Jonathan Salem Baskin on Nov 22, 2007 10:03:55 AM


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I love the range of responses that your question inspired...

PS: Emma says hi to Max.

Posted by: C.B. Whittemore on Nov 22, 2007 11:03:30 AM

I keep being in the other place when these conversations are happening ;-)

Gavin a vegetarian? Wow, a kindred spirit in more than one way.

Posted by: Valeria Maltoni on Nov 25, 2007 2:25:26 PM

@Valeria - Too many options and too many wonderful blogs, podcasts and vlogs! I truly appreciate you popping in and continuing this conversation.
Giving lIttle bits of one's self, even in comments, helps build those connections ;-) Gavin is way cool!

@C.B, Celeste and Jonathan hope your Thanksgiving was full of great food and friends.

Posted by: Toby on Nov 26, 2007 1:09:21 AM

Being the first Thanksgiving in my 25 years away from my family, this Thanksgiving was different for me. Although 3,000 miles away from my home, the many invitations from coworkers and friends in the tri-state area, made me realize that distance is only a physical state and you can still feel connected and loved.

Hope everyones holidays were wonderful.

Posted by: Stephanie on Nov 26, 2007 9:43:27 AM

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