I have been working on one of my "to-do's".... find a place for us to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Kansas City. So if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please send then along. Some of the restaurants advertise a wonderful brunch with all the "traditional" items; turkey, dressing, cranberries, etc. Others are blending "regular food" with "traditional". It got me to thinking about what is "traditional"? I think all of us have traditions, although, we may not think about it that way. We go to the same house, with the same family members, enjoy the same family recipes and see familiar relatives for that once a year holiday. I also know that as families grow and move, traditions change. As a child we always went to the same Aunt and Uncle's house in Missouri, then when I married it changed to alternating between families and now it's a tradition to take my Mom on a trip somewhere. Sometimes it's distance, death or marriage that makes that change for us. I suppose it's never too late to change or create a tradition. I do think that tradition is important. It's our connection to each other and the history that we share. Whether it's the long time green been casserole or the breaking of the wishbone from the turkey, we should cherish those memories. Which brought me to this thought....maybe we should bring back some of the traditions we have lost along the way. If this strikes a cord with you, check out this book "Let's Bring Back" by Lesley M.M. Blume. This book is an encylopedia of past traditions. One that I thought was really neat...many years ago the TV channels decided to not broadcast for so many hours on Christmas. Instead of showing a black screen, they displayed a fireplace with gas logs burning while they were "off the air". What a change from today, when many families will watch a favorite football team play while eating a Thanksgiving meal! Another one of the ideas was to bring back the guest book. You know, when you go to someone's house, you would " I thought this would be a great hostess gift. Perhaps you are going to someone's home for dinner and want to take a little gift. A great tradition to start...and won't it be fun to look back on a history of all the comings and goings! Do you have a tradition you would like to share?
Enjoy your day!
A southern girl at heart, I have been moving and decorating all my life. I enjoy the hunt as much as putting the finished arrangement together. I love to mix old and new together, especially old silver and country store display items. It's all about comfort and making your house a home.