Thanksgiving Traditions

2014-11-27 Thanksgiving Day

I’m thankful for memories of Thanksgiving family traditions. My favorite part of Thanksgiving was the preparation for the big dinner. There was always excitement in the air the night before Thanksgiving while my mother, who was an excellent cook, was busy in the kitchen baking and preparing for the big dinner the next day.

Her kitchen counter tops were cluttered with pie pans, mixing bowls, utensils, spices and ingredients needed to make her delicious pumpkin, mincemeat, and lemon meringue pies, fruit cake, fudge, and rosette cookies filled with jellies and confectioner sugar. Her kitchen sink was piled high with pots and pans and every measuring spoon and measuring cup used.

She had an art of making her own flakiest pie crust. When I was much younger, I loved helping her make the pies because when she was finished, she would let me have the leftover pie dough. I would use her wooden rolling pin and roll out the dough multiple times to get it thin enough and just right. Next I would brush it with melted butter and then sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon on top and bake it. I always enjoyed putting together my creation and it tasted delicious!

She would always have a totally messy kitchen preparing the food, but when she was finished baking and cleaning up she would arrange everything attractively on the table showing the trophies of her cooking skill.

Keeping Your Memories of family traditions is important to future generations. This Thanksgiving after everyone has had their fill of turkey and desserts grab an audio recorder or a video camera and speak to those who aren’t watching the football games and record some of their Thanksgiving memories also. Here are some questions to get you started:

  • How was Thanksgiving celebrated when you were a child?
  • What were the favorite foods that family members prepared?
  • What was your most memorable Thanksgiving? Where was it? Who was there? What was happening?
  • How has Thanksgiving changed over the years?
  • What was your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

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