Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. We asked team members what they’re thankful for this year and for a special holiday recipe/memory we could share with you all. As you prepare to travel to see family and friends, please know it is our hope you’ll be safe and happy.
If you start your Thanksgiving Day with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you might also enjoy this podcast about the history of the parade. “Author Robert Grippo discusses the parade’s role as perhaps one of the most notable PR events ever, and how the event has become ingrained in America’s consciousness and the official kick-off of the nation’s celebration of the Holiday Season.”
Mary Deming Barber
There are so many things to be thankful for this year but after moving closer to family four years ago I’m still so thankful to be with my siblings and their families for the holidays. The often-adult conversation among all the grown children and sharing of Deming family traditions again warms my heart.
As children we gathered with cousins and enjoyed great food and games with all of them who were so kind to us “youngsters.” We enjoyed silly things like extra-large olives on your fingers and trying to finish your plate before whoever was carving had finished serving. The common theme throughout was love and laughter And the desserts -- especially hard sauce you could only have if you also had a slice of mincemeat pie made by the ladies from church.
Thanksgiving is also birthday celebration time in my family. I was born on my dad’s birthday, and my sister came along 2 years later, missing our birthday by 6 days. Since my dad passed a few years ago, Thanksgiving/birthday time has been particularly hard for us, so I am especially grateful this year that despite living in different parts of the country, my sister and I will be together to celebrate, eat cake and blow out our candles together again.
We’re often asked what we’re thankful for at Thanksgiving time and for me, it’s always the same -- my family. But this year even more so as we navigate through our parents’ move to an assisted living community. As we pack up their home and load the trucks this weekend, we will sit together for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy some timeless favorites, traditional stuffing with sausage (shown here from the Hungry Bluebird), and a new dish -- green chili sweet potatoes au gratin. It’s not often so many of us are together for Thanksgiving so this one will be extra special.
This has been an exciting and challenging year. I'm most thankful for the people in my life and the lessons I have learned -- some easier than others! I think if you're paying attention in life, you can always learn something and this year has been no exception. Friends, family, clients, and new opportunities have kept things interesting, as has my sweet dog Drake.
I don't really have many Thanksgiving food traditions other than spending the day with people I love. This year I'm hosting a Friendsgiving at my house and am excited to have the place filled! Lots of good food, wine, and probably some board games. I'll also be making one of my favorite desserts, Martha Stewart's Coconut-Pineapple Loaf Cake. It's light, sweet and so delicious!
I'm most thankful for my son, Nash, who arrived in May this year. We were able to bring him to my hometown to celebrate Thanksgiving with our extended family, and I'm grateful for every moment.
Growing up in a Southern family, pecan pie, sweet potato casserole and Kentucky Derby pie reigned king. I've made many a Derby pie for Friendsgivings and other Thanksgiving festivities, and it's always a hit! (Bourbon is optional.)