Well, I’ve been with the ghost of Thanksgiving’s past today. I wanted to talk a bit about our family Thanksgiving traditions as I planned this years holiday, so I went back through my memories and my pictures. I laughed some, and I cried some.
But I’m thinking it’s not a bad thing. The crying, I mean. I wonder if it might actually be good to stroll down memory lane before embarking on this years celebrations? I’m feeling overwhelmingly thankful for family and friends right now. I’m also determined to make the absolute most out of the holiday season.
Today I’m gonna show a few pictures of Thanksgivings past. Maybe you can get an idea or better yet, give me one!
I don’t remember how Thanksgiving Day became so huge in our family, but I’m pretty sure it was Mom’s doing.
Mom, Deb, David, and I would meet in early October to plan Thanksgiving. Plan the food, the crafts, (yes, I said crafts!) and the day itself. We had a schedule. And the darn thing started at 11:30 and ended at 7:00! I kid you not. Over the years we invited people outside the family to celebrate with us and almost always they’d take a picture of the poster size schedule. We never understood what the big deal was, (although the schedules were quite artistic!). But I so wish I had pictures of those schedules now! If I did, they would say something like this…
11:30-12:30~ Spiced Cider & Appitizers and prepare to tell what God’s done in the past year that you’re most thankful for… and Bethany & Stephanie’s presentation~
2:30-3:30~Kids Craft/Men nap!
4:00-5:30~Adult craft! Less crafty men must babysit!
5:30~Kids into Christmas Jammies and decorate the tree
7:00~Turkey Sandwiches and watch the lighting of the Great Tree!
(That’s the Rich’s, later Macy’s Christmas tree in downtown Atlanta, It’s on television every year!)
Bethany & Stephanie were home-schooled and every Thanksgiving we spent weeks getting together a presentation for the family. They did it on everything from the obvious, (the Pilgrims) to the fun (The History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade).
Okay, before I go on, I want to say that the year after we ditched the Pilgrim outfits, we still had to dress alike. But at least it was just sweat shirts!
Big table with name tags…the girls in my family are control freaks! (among other things!)
One of the “early craft times”! I have no idea what we were making!
Later, mom converted her entire garage into craft central!
I’m going to get in trouble for this picture, Emma was not feeling well on this Thanksgiving Day…but I wanted you to see the glittery little balls we made that year…they were very exciting! (See sparkly ball in bottom right corner!?)
What pray tell do you suppose she was thinking?
Kids Craft…Stacie Rane, my niece and namesake (Rane~pronounced Renee. The spelling was my dad’s doing!)
Okay, this was 2005, the very last Thanksgiving we’d have with Mom. She died suddenly on December 30 of that year. (She was helping us paint these cute snowmen…Mom was a painter, very talented. Sometime I want to show you some of her work!)
Now, the Jammies…My sis and I always made the kids Christmas jammies…and once again, I am my mother, they had to match!
(Please note, as much as I poke fun, I AM my mother…and I’m pretty happy about that!)
My kids are in the red ones and Deb’s kids are in the lighter ones. Note my baby, Emma…she’s about to loose it and poor Stephie has the task of keeping control!
(Stephanie was telepathically saying to me: “Mom, this could get ugly…help!” The girls and I still communicate by reading one another’s minds)
I had to put this in here…this is us a long time ago, decorating Mom & Dad’s tree. That’s my handsome brother, David, right before he was diagnosed with cancer.
So that’s how we thought we’d celebrate Thanksgiving Day forever. But nothing stays the same. God sometimes calls people home before we’re ready to see them go. Chubby children have the nerve to grow up and have lives of their own.Life changes and we have to change with it. Now, I don’t want to get too heavy…but as we’re getting into the Holiday season, remember to do what my bud, Gitz reminded me yesterday, (http://gitzengirl.blogspot.com/2008/11/be-intentional.html): Be Intentional!
After visiting with the Ghost of Holiday’s past, I’m determined to live the next 2 months with intention. I’m working on that legacy that will be around long after I’m gone~