This Thanksgiving was quite different. No more family get togethers with Aunts and Uncles. Just our children! It is heart breaking to realize the extended family will not know what it is to have meals with Aunts and Uncles who celebrate thankfulness of coming together to appreciate one another. Our youngest gets very upset when she asks who’s coming for Thanksgiving.
I have raised my children with the emphasis on family gatherings. Although our table has not seen my siblings rarely at the table for Holidays. We would see my husbands parents and his sister and children. Our grandson from Omaha was missed this year.
Traditions are so important. This year I served my staff at work lunch. My daughters and husband were part of this by cutting the roasted turkey up and bringing it to work for me. I made cranberry sauce. We did not celebrate yesterday our Thanksgiving. We had our celebration today. As I was leaving my husband this morning, was putting our turkey in the oven and when I came home I found my daughter Haylie has made the pies, had completed all the sides and had dinner on the table by 1 PM. Kelsey our youngest was so excited because they cooked the meal. Hope for passing on the traditions was evident as we welcomed our son-in-law to our table. As we welcomed our little grandson to our table. Those who used to come will be missed. However the love of our family recipes and love for fellowship will just be different. Passing traditions serves more than those at the table, it respects those who have shared the tradition prior to us!