If there is one thing that I am thankful for is family. Thanksgiving is the major family get-together holiday. Many people love this time of year, while others hate it. Some folks are fortunate enough to have families that can come together and enjoy each others company, and then some are not so fortunate. I’ve known folks where one section of the family doesn’t get along with the other, and it’s cause for a Thanksgiving filled with tension.
As my family is scattered across the country, we don’t always have the opportunity to all get together at once. I really miss the days back in New Orleans where during the holidays we would all migrate from one house to another. It was like a never ending party, filled with good food, laughs and fun.
I now spend Thanksgiving with the family members I have here on the East coast. My aunt, who’s the host and a fabulous party thrower, always has a house full of folks. From family members to those friends without family in the area, she makes everyone feel so welcome and at home. You would never be able to tell who’s family and who’s not.
The movie Soul Food was always my ideal for family gatherings, plenty of food, talk and laughs – the more the merrier! Through members of my East coast family, that ideal was able to be realized once again.
I am thankful that my daughter is now a part of this yearly tradition. I want her to know the importance of family togetherness, as well as the importance of giving thanks.
What about you? Does your family have a Thanksgiving tradition?