Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday and to all my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah too!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up we usually had a house full of family and friends and spent a wonderful day playing games, lively conversation catching up, and some music making. I always loved it when the old timers (to me at the time) told their stories about Thanksgiving and holidays from long ago.

I really enjoyed the way the day progressed. Everyone together, then the girls would all gather in one area for awhile and the guys would go off somewhere to the den or the garage. Then back together for more food. Throughout the day these different patterns and combinations of activity would improvise themselves.

It was fun to hear the stories my aunts would tell about growing up during the Depression and driving out to their Aunt Eda's farm in a 31 Ford with rumble seat. Or my great aunties when they lived in Chicago in the Roaring 20’s. And of course the old guys would have some great kid stories and WWII adventures to share.

I used to love hanging in the kitchen with the women. These were the occasions when you’d learn about your families old old friends and all kinds of distant (and once removed) relatives you didn't even know you had and how they were getting along these days.

We had a mostly European mixed bag ethnically in our tribe and it made for awesome combinations of food. In my immediate family we had French, Swede, English, Belgium, German and by marriage and old friendships Italian, German, Irish, Polish, Mexican, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Croatians... Funny, if I threw a big Thanksgiving at my place today I’d have the rest of the planet pretty much accounted for.

With whomever and however you spend the day, have a great one! We do have so much for which to be thankful.

So bring your appetites and warm smiles, tell good stories and enjoy one another with a light heart.
And be at peace... Happy Thanksgivukkah!

A big shout out to John Reinwald and our First American Title marketing department for this really well done Thanksgiving video... 

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