Family Traditions

Family Traditions

My daughter and I are hosting our family Thanksgiving at my house this year. Throughout her childhood she and her Grannie always worked together to create place markers for the family that came to share the holiday meal.

One year, twelve years ago, we had 21 in attendance. I was thrilled to have both my brothers and their families, all SuperDave’s brothers and sister and spouses, and all our parents with us, some for the extended weekend.

I’ve had to retire two of these precious placemarkers due to the passing of my Daddy, and my Mother in law, but they’re on the refrigerator, as a reminder that they’ll always be with us in spirit, as will all our family members who can’t be with us in the flesh.

As we prepare for a smaller gathering this year, just seven of us, I’m grateful for these little bits of paper colored with our family history, and the time we all had together.



  1. This is sweet.
    We started a new tradition for Thanksgiving 3 years ago.
    My son- 15, and nephew-16, are in charge of making the centerpiece. Together, using whatever is made available.
    Last year: toliet paper tubes, tape, craft feathers, and paint.
    It turned out awesome and hilarious.


  2. 🙂 you will have to share this years’ centerpiece with us Bruce Shark​ !  My mom was featured in the Peoria Journal star many moons ago…probably 1979 for her famed Pineapple Turkey. lol
    A pineapple, with a patchwork cloth stuffed turkey head…I still have that original pattern, btw. 


  3. That is lovely to have those placemarkers BobbieZen. I will be sharing Thanksgiving with a friend & her family. My daughter that lives nearby is a nurse at a hospital, she always works on Thanksgiving.


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