I’ve been watching all these shows on TV lately with tips for Thanksgiving dinner. They all involved elaborate table decorations, fine china, and fancy dishes. That’s not my family’s style at all! Seriously if we showed up and my grandmothers had the tables set like that we would all think we were at the wrong house!
See, I come from a big family. My mom’s side of the family, there were seven children, 6 of whom are married and produced 13 grandchildren, many of whom are married or “attached” and have children of their own. When we all get together there are so many of us that we can not all fit in my grandmother’s house any longer so we have our holiday gatherings at her church. Dinner consists of a really long table loaded down with meats, gravies, dressing, salads, casseroles, deviled eggs, vegetables, and too many other dishes to mention. Then there is another long table lined with desserts. We all gather around talking (because this family LOVES to talk) and catching up with each other as everyone arrives and the final dishes are arranged on the table. Then one of my uncles will say a prayer and we all line up to serve ourselves, buffet style from the massive amount of food arranged before us.
Once our plates are loaded to the brim, oh and I need to mention we don’t use fine china, unless you count Chinet or styrofoam plates as fine china, do we all go sit at some elaborately decorated dinner table? No. There are several long tables arranged in the Fellowship Hall at the church and we all find a spot to sit down and enjoy our meal, before going back again to load our plates with desserts.
My dad’s side of the family is not much different. When we get together there are not as many of us since so many of my cousins have moved out of state and there are not as many great grandchildren, compared to my mom’s family. We are able to either gather at my grandmother’s house or one of my Aunt and Uncle’s houses. The food is arranged much the same way, buffet style, and we dine on fine styrofoam plates.
Do I wish that my family celebrated the holidays with fancy decor, fine wine, and beautiful tablescapes? No I don’t. I love my family and the simplicity by which we live and I wouldn’t change a thing. See, its not the decorations and the dishes that make the holidays special, its being able to spend time with the ones you love.
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