Today, Man and I are sitting out a significant rain event in Pinnacle North Carolina. Sweet newer small campground in the shadow of Pilot Mountain. We have been traveling and working rather hard for several weeks, so this rain event/rest is more than welcomed.
In the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving in late November. They say this year, that you will not find a “large” turkey, there has been a avian bird flu that has reduced the availability of turkeys. For many this will be traumatic, as family traditions are so deeply rooted in our souls. I look at this as a possibility to change or make our own family traditions. Tradition is wonderful, but, it can change. Many years ago, when we had two sons (number three was not even a twinkle in his daddies’s eye yet), we changed our Christmas meal menu. I set out guidelines that all food had to be prepared in the days leading up to Christmas and served cold. Sound sad?? Not one bit. We prepared smoked turkeys, deviled eggs, potato salad, cheese and bread trays, fresh vegie trays, deserts to die for, usually what we have called the “Bowen cheesecake”. We purchased fantastic honey spiral cut ham. There was so much food we had left overs for days. The “cold” meal could be set out and enjoyed during the day (yes, the potato salad would be put back in the frig, food poisoning was not part of the menu). And, enjoyed it was. So, yes, you can change up the family traditional meals, it is after all, all about the family anyway, the meal is just the accompaniment.
Now, all of that explained, do you record these sort of family “memories” in your family history?? Maybe even a photo of the “spread” or your lovely table settings. I would give anything to see a representation of the table of my ancestors.
November is also a month of gratefulness that is played out on social media like Facebook with a daily meme of stating what you are thankful for. Some of the entries are truly amazing and heartwarming. It is also a challenge to come up with a post every day. I did this several years ago, and ended up reproducing the month of posts on Reflections, Thankful November.
It is fun to go back and remember. And, again, I shall ask, have you recorded memories and thankfulness on your blog or in your family history?
Man and I have no idea where we will spend the Thanksgiving day, somewhere on the road between North Carolina and Florida. We are taking our time and visiting a few friends along the way. No research stops are currently planned, but, hey, Man and I live for the day and our plans are written in dust and sea mist. The wheels roll and we try to enjoy the trip(s) for what is offered. Visits with family and friends are highly valued. Even short family visits may produce some wonderful foder for your research. Maybe a digital sound recording of your visit and the story telling that always happens. I don’t have many interviews in my family history, but the ones I do have are, simply, amazing.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, eat well, and enjoy the family times. (Then go post some of the great memories to your data base.)