As a child, I always looked forward to Thanksgiving. Most years my family headed out to my grandmothers for the weekend. Now, this may not sound too exciting, but you'd have to know my family. Here are some important stats:
1. My grandmother had 9 kids--all married--all with at least 2 kids of their own. Talk about a full house!
2. My family is VERY big on board/card games, and people are always bringing new games to try out.
3. One of the favorite things for the kids was BINGO. The parents collected little prizes throughout the year and put them in a big box. Yay!
4. BIG family means LOTS of food. I mean TONS! (And not just for the actual Thanksgiving Day event)
5. My grandmother lives in the middle of nowhere. This means all kinds of things for kids to do outside. Dig holes. Play ball. Walk the creek. Go deer hunting. Play with electric cattle fences.
6. Nothing compares to the wonderful feeling of togetherness when surrounded by family.
Now that most of the grandkids are grown and having kids of their own, Thanksgiving isn't quite the same. Not everyone makes it out anymore. A lot of the family has diabetes, so the food has changed as well. Still, I retain those fond memories from childhood of a true Thanksgiving complete with all the trimmings of family.
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Memories?