As a child every Thanksgiving looked the same.
Turkey at our house.
Nana and grandpa arriving early with casseroles.
Homemade hard sauce – a sweet, rich dessert sauce made by creaming or beating butter and sugar with vanilla to be served cold over hot plum pudding. Just yummy!
The leaf in the dining room table.
Several card tables set up in the living room.
The best china.
The silver polished…it took days to prepare for the meal.
It was the same every year. There was such comfort in knowing what to expect on Thanksgiving.
When our children were growing up Thanksgiving was not the same each year, but still it was fairly consistent…Turkey at either our house, one of my sister-in-laws’ or at my sister’s.
But times have changed…now it isn’t always turkey, it is rarely in the same place twice, not all of the family is together…it could be anywhere…even SeaWorld!!
Times have changed and it isn’t just in my family. Woman after woman my age say the same thing. Their family Thanksgiving tradition is that there is no tradition.
We can wallow in self pity that it is not like it was when we were a little girl or boy. OR….
We can embrace the new Thanksgiving with no customs or traditions.
It is not what or where we eat dinner…it is our thankful heart.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100 NIV)
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