With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I was sitting here remember Thanksgiving's past. People who are no longer around to share in the bountiful feast....and I started missing those people.
We used to split the day with my Dad's folks for a huge Lunch Feast and then go to my Mom's folks for a Dinner Feast. Such a filling day, I must say.
My memories go back to our days living in Anaheim:
Grandma Teresa and Grandpa Ruben - my Dad's parents - had a much more casual approach to the holiday. It was more of a buffet style and people sat in the dining room or glued to the TV watching Football or in the Kitchen. Needless to say, they had no choice in the seating arrangement because there wasn't enough room for everyone at one single place. My Dad was the eldest of 4 sons and he had my Mom and then the three of us kids. Then the next Uncle had a wife and two kids, then the next Uncle had a wife and 3 kids and the next Uncle had a wife and a daughter at the time. It was a full house. The noise level was on HIGH at all times.......and it was a good time indeed.
Grandma Ginny and Grandpa Rex - Mom's folks - had a bit more formal approach to the dinner. Mom only had a younger sister and in those days, she only had her (then) husband - no kids. So, we were all able to fit around the formal dining room table.
I remember walking in to the house smelling freshly baked pumpkin pie and smelling my Aunt's Pecan Pie. A lot of commotion going on in the kitchen.....
Grandma Ginny and Grandpa Rex always had a beautiful setting each year. I guess I remember it more because it was always the same each year. She had her Princess House Hurrican Lamps with Orange Candles in them......and her fine china out for use. We had cloth napkins and Princess House Goblets for water and other glasses for wine. She always made some sort of Jell-o mold thing too. I think it was just to make a prettier display on the table, to be honest - I don't know that I ever ate it.
I'm so thankful for those rich memories. Sadly, 3 of those 4 Grandparents have passed on in the last 8 years....Grandpa Rex spent Thanksgiving 2000 with us, and passed on Dec 3, 2000. I remember having a Ready-Whip 'war' squirting the whipped cream in each others mouth. Grandma and Grandpa really got a kick out of that.
I miss my Grandpa Rex and my Grandmothers Ginny and Teresa. I'm so thankful for my rich, Thanksgiving Memories of them.
Do you have any Thanksgiving Memories that you'd like to share?