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  • Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    If your family's like ours, I imagine during the holidays a lot of your younger couples do the trade-off thing with their respective families. For years the soul mate and I alternated Thanksgivings between my parents and his. I don't remember exactly when that changed, but it was probably when his mom and dad went into assisted living and began celebrating more of T-day with my husband's sister on Vashon Island. Around that same time my oldest brother and his wife assumed the hosting duties for my side.

    So a new tradition of going to Ken and Sue's for Thanksgiving to celebrate with both my side of the family and Sue's was born. Then her father's Alzheimer's got to the point where being away from his home on Whidbey Island for too long
    sister sue
    made him anxious and her niece started hosting the rest of her family up on Whidbey, where they live. By the time Walt died, they had established a new tradition.

    After the transition, Thanksgiving dinners went from around 30-40 people down to as few as 8, depending on where our now grown kids celebrate. wrong holiday but right season, year and guests

    But some things remain the same.
    I always bring the pumpkin pie. We always eat too much. And K & S's house always rings with laughter and the sound of little kids running wild and guys arguing with umpire calls during the Turkey Day football game.

    Have a great holiday, everyone! What is your Thanksgiving tradition?


    Blogger Nissie said...

    Growing up we always had Thanksgiving lunch with my maternal grandmother and dinner with my paternal grandmother. One has passed away now and the other is in Hospice care, so we really don't have a Thanksgiving tradition anymore. My sons and I are going to start our own new traditions. Any suggestions?
    Your holiday sounds lovely! :D

    7:01 PM  
    Blogger Jayne Ann Krentz said...

    SUSAN: Your blog spells out an eternal truth: We evolve our Thanksgiving traditions as we need them. Life goes on. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    7:32 PM  
    Anonymous Lou said...

    As I get older and things change, my Thanksgiving traditions change also. Those of us who no longer have family are grateful (I'm sure) to have friends that share!

    8:48 PM  
    Blogger Judy F said...

    Your thanksgiving sounds a lot like how ours have changed. It used to be always down my parents but when they got to old to handle it all it moved to my sisters. Now for some reason its always at my brothers. I miss it being at my sisters, hers was much more relaxed and I got leftovers. Don't get either at my brothers. Its still nice but different.

    This year is going to be a hard one, its the first without date. It will be nice to be together and think of him.

    Happy Thanksgiving

    2:32 AM  
    Anonymous kris b said...

    we all go to moms! :) there are going to be quite a few of us this year and I am excited! I usually bring the pies mostly because we live by an amish bakery and they are the best! and not much work for me! LOL some years there are only 5 of us and then like this year there will be close to 18 I think! I can't wait to get there but depending on the snow we are suppose to get might not be able to until tomorrow! :-) yayy a day off I am excited about that too!
    have a wonderful holiday! and give huge hugs to your family!

    kris b

    4:05 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    When I was a kid, there used to be a Thanksgiving Eve dinner at my parent's house with one of my Mom's sister and her husband; then Thanksgiving dinner with appetizers at my Dad's sister's house for his side of the family; and finally another dinner / supper at another of my Mom's sister's house for her side of the family.
    In my teens, my Mom's parents came to live with us, so we kept up the 3 dinner tradition without my other aunt on Thanksgiving eve.
    Now, both my brother and I along with most of my cousins are in our 20's and 30's, so we have pared it down to one or two visits on Thanksgiving - my Dad's side of the family in the morning, and my Mom's side in the evening if we feel like traveling again.
    Thanks for sharing your traditions with use, Susan!

    Jennifer S.

    5:56 AM  
    Blogger Lori Foster aka L. L. Foster said...

    Susan, I LOVE the photos you always share.

    Usually we go to my Mother in Law's for Thanksgiving with my husband's side of the family, and then we have Christmas Eve at our house for everyone.

    But with my Father in Law's dementia and my Mother in Law older now (and with her hands full) hubby and I decided to take on Thanksgiving too. We're having his family and a few of my family members. Guest will bring dessert but we'll do the rest. Well, except for my MIL who always brings baked beans and potato salad. :-) She's an excellent cook.

    I love traditions so for as long as we're able, we'll keep it up. Christmas Eve grows each year as families expand, but I love it, and wouldn't have it any other way.

    Big hugs to you and yours!


    6:27 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Since moving to the PNW, we spend Thanksgiving with our son-in-law's parents, eating Korean food (yum!), and Christmas Day at my daughter's house eating lasagna. The same people are at both events-four grandparents, four grown children, four grandchildren, and assorted friends, family, spouses and lovers. There's always too much food and too much fun.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Susan.

    Lynne Thomas

    6:57 AM  
    Blogger susan andersen said...

    NISSIE, first holidays can be tough. For our first Thanksgiving after my father died, my brothers and I piled our families and my mom into her motor home and drove down to California to spend it with our aunt, my dad's sister. I think the most important thing is just being with family or friends.

    JAYNE, a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

    LOU, you are so right. Friends become family (or already are)and it's so lovely when they make a space for us to share in theirs.

    8:09 AM  
    Blogger susan andersen said...

    JUDY F, I had to laugh at the leftovers because Sue is always so generous with hers, one of my new traditions is bringing her a big box of those disposable containers from Costco as a hostess gift. And hugs to you on a first T-day without a loved one. Firsts are the roughest.

    KRIS B, have a wonderful holiday and enjoy that day off!

    JENNIFER, your Thanksgivings sound like our Christmases: busy, busy! But fun with all the cousins and aunts and uncles. Enjoy!

    8:15 AM  
    Blogger susan andersen said...

    LORI, it sounds like you'll have a house full. That's my Christmas Eve--Steve's family all come here and its lots of preparation and clean up and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm just grateful to have family. ;>
    Enjoy--I know you will!

    LYNNE, that sounds wonderful! I always get the impression of a warm, close family from your posts. What comprises Korean food? I've only ever had kim chi.

    8:22 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Our Thanksgivings have changed over the years, though when I cook and if our son is with us, it's never turkey. (I raised a child deathly allergic to poultry--go figure!) But, no matter the main course, we always manage to be with family and friends, and this year is no different.

    I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday, and to all our readers here in Quillsville, the very best throughout this entire holiday season. Be safe and remember to take time for yourselves.

    9:34 AM  
    Blogger susan andersen said...

    Kate, we always have turkey for T-day, but my son's girl's sister is (like my sweet baby boy) pescatorian, so they always have crab legs. And years ago we started having soups for Christmas, so my mother wouldn't have to spend the afternoon in the kitchen while everyone else was downstairs in the rec-room. It's more about who you're with than what you eat.('specially when the meal can kill ya ;-D)

    1:19 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My family tradition is - make it easy. DH's is turkey and homemade noodles. So I make easy noodles and everybody is happy.

    1:41 PM  
    Blogger Ranurgis said...

    As a Canadian I had my Thanksgiving October 10, though the family dinner was the Saturday before that.

    Come to think of it, I saw my brother's family only 6 times this year and 3 times were in a row: Oct. 7 for a ballet performance with my s-i-l, Oct. 8 for Thanksgiving dessert with a group of about 15 or so, and the actual dinner of 9 (with, yes, some dessert) on Oct. 9.

    Have a great day tomorrow.


    9:02 PM  
    Blogger susan andersen said...

    Marva, Turkey and noodles sounds yummy to me!

    Ranurgis, I was surprised to learn how similar Canadian and US Thanksgivings were. Hope yours was happy.

    12:50 AM  
    OpenID goshnsqurrl63 said...

    Hi Susan!!
    Our traditions have changed...husbands dont get along with each other and the in-laws are not in any kind of shape to do like they used we have our own celebration...Lots of food (minus turkey..acky yardbird) but no one goes away hungry!
    Happy Thanksforgiving!!!
    ~Hollie R.~

    4:36 PM  
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