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a time for tradition

My family is really big on traditions, and of course, this is incredibly evident throughout the holiday season. For some reason, years ago, we started eating chicken enchiladas for Christmas dinner. Now, if anyone even TALKS about cooking something different, I threaten to cry. It’s tradition, and it’s going to stay that way.

But Christmas tradition is something I’ll talk about in a month or so. 🙂 This post is about Thanksgiving tradition, and my celebration of that holiday starts this weekend. Wahoo!!!

On Friday, Mack and I will go to Jack’s school for the Morgan Mill ISD Thanksgiving dinner. This might sound sound commonplace, but if you’re from around here, you’ll know it’s a big deal. Our tiny school, with around 100 students in k-8 grades, feeds around 800 people. This year, they’re roasting 47 turkeys. The students de-bone the turkeys, clean the school ’til it shines, and serve their guests. Soldiers from Fort Hood come and are treated like absolute royalty, and we enjoy every second of it.

This is the first year that Mack and I have ever been able to go together, and obviously is Dorothy’s first MM School Thanksgiving experience. I imagine I’ll probably take some pictures to document the occasion. 🙂

But Saturday… oh, Saturday is when the fun REALLY starts!

My baby sister is going to be home for Thanksgiving this year, and that means the tradition can kick into high gear. See, I’m big into tradition, and Sam is big into tradition. But together? We’re a MACHINE.

We WILL scalp food from the table before lunch is ready. We WILL hoard the pies. We WILL fight over who gets to finish the mashed potatoes. We WILL watch “Home Alone” on Thanksgiving night. The day after Thanksgiving, we WILL put up and decorate the tree at Mom’s house, while we watch “Charlie Brown Christmas”.

And sometime over the week that she’s home, we will build gingerbread houses. This year, Sam will help Jack build his, and I will “help” Dorothy build hers. The gingerbread houses are a big deal to us… we did them every year as children with my Dad’s mom. My Grandy passed away when I was 14, and I miss her every single day. But overwhelmingly, especially as I get older and have a family of my own, I miss her terribly during the holidays. I like to think that she can see us, carrying on her tradition with my munchkins, and telling them stories about their sweet Grandy in heaven. Under no circumstances will we miss building those gingerbread houses.

Here are a few pictures of Sam & I as children, building our vast and imposing structures. 🙂

I think Dorothy really favors her Aunt Sam, particularly when I see pictures like the one below…

My Grandy is with us in this next picture… she was so beautiful, huh?

I’m so grateful that I had a picture-takin’ Mama to capture these for us… they’re priceless to me now!

In other news, Mack has decided that he’s adding a new tradition to our lives… fireworks. On Thanksgiving. Expect pictures next week, for sure. 🙂

  1. Misty says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW y’all were so cute!!! Enjoy the holidays, dear…I know you will 😉

  2. The Nan says:

    I don’t know if Samye is helping or eating as fast as she can in the last picture! Grandy was so good to just let you both do your thing! I miss her too and everyday I think “wouldn’t Grandy love that!”.

  3. Aww so cute! I LOVE family traditions, I think they are so important. We build houses every year too.. except we use graham crackers with loads of icing. My family uses it as a competition though. We see who can build the most elaborate thing. My Uncle Doug made a ship one year. haha.

  4. annie says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen a picture of Grandy. Beautiful lady! Can’t wait to see pictures of Jack and Dorothy’s Ginger Bread Houses. 🙂

  5. Liesa says:

    Awwww, I just love that you added this post today! (You know why!) Most of my family lives in Indiana, so we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like. They also have a HUGE gingerbread house making tradition, one I’ve only gotten to partake in it once. I hope I can again! Love the pictures from when you were kids! Your Grandy was gorgeous! It’s fun to see where you came from :). Happy holidays!!

  6. Natalie says:

    Thanks for sharing your childhood pictures and traditions. The last picture with your Grandy and sis is too cute! I love seeing your sis on the counter helping! Also, wow, Jack really looks like you as a kiddo!

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