Picture this: Thirty people crammed into the kitchen, living room and game room, spilling out onto the deck. Everyone is yelling to be heard because everyone is talking at once. I love traditions.

I am thankful for my family and this wild bunch who gather every fourth Thursday in November because they are Thanksgiving to me.

The kids are running through the house, pushing people out of the way, laughing out loud. The moms are in the kitchen making rolls and gravy, checking on the turkey. The cousins are “helping” but really drinking wine and sampling the gravy while catching up on each other’s busy lives. The dads and husbands are watching football, cheering on their favorite teams. The kids aren’t just watching football… they decide to play… in the mud!

Time to clean them up as a man or two are pulled away from football to carve the turkey.

And it is time! The loud aunt yells out for everyone to listen up, it’s time to pray! The whole group of aunts, uncles, cousins, moms, dads, grandparents, kiddos, and various friends gather in the living room to share what we are thankful for and to pray to our Lord and Savior who makes it all possible.

Traditions might even be more important now than ever.

Our daily lives are so busy. One blink and you could miss it all. Traditions link us to our pasts and connect us to each other.

We have big and little traditions.

Besides this crazy thanksgiving day, we go to the pumpkin patch each year with cousins, my bestie and I are trying to create an apple picking tradition each fall, we decorate our Christmas tree as a family, we celebrate birthdays with friends, and have pancake Saturdays nearly every week.

Your turn.

  1. How important are traditions to you?
  2. What are some of your favorite traditions?

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