Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Memories 2013

In the early 1960's my mother-in-law's family began having a big Thanksgiving together with her whole family.  It still continues today, stretching over a few days, and with a few fun additions that we do each year.

Meeting together for worship, along with our church family, is the beginning of the Thanksgiving time together.  It's a great time of worship and praise to Our Heavenly Father for all He has done for us.

After the worship time, we gather at the in-law's to have appetizers and finger foods, along with games and lots of conversations.
Our Thanksgiving run dwindled a bit this year. Could have been the low 30's temperatures keeping some from joining in the fun!  Cinnamon rolls and orange rolls are the traditional breakfast of champions for Thanksgiving morning.
Thanksgiving dinner was served in the early afternoon. There were 38 present this year. The dessert table held a lot of the pies and desserts.
A HUGE bowl of mashed potatoes mounded up on top! I think there were 20 lbs. of potatoes and the hand mixer only had one beater!  The other one had broken!
The rest of the food - fried turkey, regular roasted turkey, gravy, ham, dressing, potato casserole, macaroni & cheese...
 ....from the garden green beans, homemade cranberry sauce, canned cranberry sauce, vegetable casserole, cut from the cob corn, two different sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, jello salads....
 ....and homemade "hot" rolls. (They have to be called "hot" even when they're not hot! :) )
A few hours after lunch, it's pumpkin bashing time!  The kids gather up the pumpkins at our house - this year there were lots and lots!
For new members of the family, they are initiated at the pumpkin bashing!  That just means they're given a sort of mushy one so that it will splatter everywhere when hit!  H did great for her first time!!
 A cousin (and spouses) picture around the pumpkins....minus nine who weren't here.
The newest little member of the family had his first experience at the pumpkin bashing.  He was okay with all of the excitement!
Some pumpkin launching also took place.....
And finally, a picture of my husband (left) and his uncle.  They look so much alike, so from time to time, I try to get a picture of them together.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

It's a sweet time and I hope it never changes. I'm sure it will eventually though. Before the pumpkin bashing there used to be a family football game, but someone's broken collar bone kinda changed that...

 
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