What’s your favorite thing to do? ¬†On this Ask Meredith Monday’s Thanksgiving Fun edition, just drop me a line and let me know what your favorite tradition is.
I have a little twist – my sister lives in Paris, and after the events of Friday, November 13 in Paris I just wanted to think of family and what traditions mean to us. ¬†Families at every economic level in every county experience traditions they create. ¬† One fun tradition for my sister is to recreate Thanksgiving in Paris. ¬†She has to hunt for some of the traditional American ingredients, however she makes it work. ¬†Her other fun thing is to find friends who love to celebrate Thanksgiving with her and they’re not always Americans around her table! ¬†The French love a holiday too!
A tradition for me is to mix in fun and different foods with the tried and true originals. ¬†My daughter helps make a menu and we look at pretty pictures in Southern Living of recipes, and then of course select the least complicated ones to try and incorporate into our easy basic meal. ¬† Some years, we do a historic themed meal, like from colonial Virginia or the Virginia coastline with seafood.
If you don’t have family nearby, do what we have done – what we call the ‘Misfit Thanksgiving’ and have friends come that would otherwise be by themselves and bring them into the fold. ¬†Whatever you do – I would love to hear what makes it special to you – special enough to keep repeating it year after year and then passing along to the next generation of your family. ¬† We also participate in Operation Drumstick, taking a meal to a family in Ashland, Virginia as part of our church mission to help make the holiday special for families who are struggling.
I can’t wait to hear what makes it special for you.