Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving thoughts

..the mere word instantly brings images to mind of the very first Thanksgiving celebrated so long ago. I see Pilgrims with clothes of homespun alongside  leather clad Indians , combining the bounties of fields and forests on a cold November day.  A celebration of survival  after a very harsh year in a new world,freedom from persecution, freedom of religion. On this day, two very different peoples came together, respecting their unique differences, to celebrate as one,, grateful Americans..

The tradition has continued  with each succeeding  generation adding it's own special touch to the time honored traditions. Although  different  foods combine to make the meal,the basics remain the same.. a food laden table, family and friends gathering together to express their thanks for yet another year of survival in this often strange world..

Growing up in the south, Turkey was not on our menu..Ham was the center of attention, complemented by garden vegetables, crowned by scrumptious pies of Pecan and Sweet Potato.. there was ALWAYS plenty  food for any and everyone.

I recall Daddy bought our first television in 1955,
New Television Antenna by Norman Rockwell
 but cannot remember the exact date of seeing  the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Vivid memories of watching it while helping Mom prepare the dinner are quite strong.

After becoming a young married,we began our own traditions..which set of parents did we host..or whether to go to their homes to celebrate. Eventually, after the birth of our son,a solution worked itself out. leaving us a day to begin by watching the parade in the morning, and football games in the afternoon.culminating with an evening dinner at  one of the parents homes.
Later , as a military spouse, I found myself far from home and very nostalgic. Holidays became even more important as they signified the link of love to home and family. On Thanksgiving, single service members were invited to join us to celebrate. 
Food or drink could be contributed to our meal..

The one constant in this day was the joining of hands as we offered our prayer of thanks for another year of survival..and remembering loved ones no longer in our circle of hands..

Thanksgiving was also THE DATE to have Christmas cards and packages ready for mailing ..Shopping for me was done on the local economy, by CATALOG, or simply handmade..

Personally, I have no idea when and where the Black Friday shopping  frenzy began, nor do I like the  crass commercialization of the holidays beginning with Halloween, continuing through Christmas..
At our house, we celebrate each holiday for itself, no combining or overlapping.
(my sis Di,has a birthday on December 7,and as a child was given one gift " for her birthday AND Christmas" so we do NOT do any Christmas until after her birthday)
I much prefer the simpler times ,

 and traditions..begun by family ..
Where experiencing the excitement of the season,and  joy in the children's eyes and the peal of their they truly believe..

from our house to yours..
we wish you the bounties of the season,blessings from above..
and the love of friends and family.. both near and far.
Happy Thanksgiving!
(all images courtesy Google/Norman Rockwell)
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  1. Happy Turkey Day to you too, sweet mermaid!!!

  2. Thanks for the nostalgic journey!


    Whenas in red my Julia’s clad,
    Then, then (methinks) she’s wicked bad—
    Like Hester Prynne, but not so sad.

    Next, when I cast mine eyes and see
    Those crimson skirts flow full and free,
    Her sweet seductions taketh me!

    (With apologies to Robert Herrick, 1591-1674)

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Red Lichen

  3. To me the old traditions are much better than today's.

  4. Your timeline set to Norman Rockwell is sweet look into your life. Once again you share from your heart. Have a blessed Thanksgiving my friend.

  5. Stopped by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Beautiful post! I love Norman Rockwell's work.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I love these vintage images! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  8. From one military family to another..Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how big the world gets we can always come home in one way or another.
    Have a great day with your family - far and near.

  9. Your post and photos made me smile and my memories of past Thanksgiving flooded to mind. I hope your day was wonderful sweet friend...ours sure was.


  10. I love the Norman Rockwell pictures!!! My sister collects them. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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where time is not measured..
linger leisurely..
sift sugary white sand between your toes..
Make and take those wonderful memories..
leaving behind..only your footprints...