THANKSGIVING WHEN I WAS A KID

I have fond memories of Thanksgivings long ago. Here are 3 things I remember when I was a kid…

  • Smelling the food cooking all day and thinking, “Are we EVER going to get to eat?”

  • I DO NOT like giblet gravy or pumpkin pie, but I LOVE cranberry sauce. As a kid, Thanksgiving was the only time of year that I was allowed to put a HUGE glob of sugary jelly on my plate, then eat it with a fork and no one gave me flack about it? That, I thought, was a great reason to give thanks.

  • And finally, Thanksgiving meant the start of the Christmas season. We could beg mom all we wanted, but the tree didn’t go up until after Thanksgiving.

I’d love to know, what do you remember about the Thanksgivings you had as a child?

We got to put the tree up early this past weekend because Taylor was home. YEA!

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  1. Donna G says:

    When I was a kid we went to both sets of grandparents on Thanksgiving. I remember being stuffed all day and playing tag football with my cousins..

    I miss the big family part of it all, but love spending time with my ever growing family.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. Stoogelover says:

    I never cared much for the day because I don’t care much for turkey nor any of the traditional foods that go with it. But I did enjoy being with family. This year is the 17th year we will get together with others who have no family out in this area.

    Congrats on the tree! Even if you did have to play the “Taylor card” to get that tree up and decorated this early in the year!! A man has to do what a man has to do.

  3. Preston Belt, Beautiful Downtown Lockney, Texas says:

    We used to always still be harvesting cotton at Thanksgiving at the Baker house. That was one holiday we would go to my step-dads mom’s for lunch. We would all pile off the strippers and cotton trailers and head to her house. Nanny was a cook! She made chocolate pies that the calf slober on top was 6″ tall! and her dressing was to die for! Last year I cooked the girls steak and taters. I made a cobbler too! They still talk about that! Tell Taylor Hi for me! Ya’ll have a good holday!

  4. fraizerbaz says:

    Mom would write an essay, or compile a list of the things that she was thankful for, and read it to us at the table. Now that she is gone (ten years this year), I really appreciate having those memories of her. I hope I never loose them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    My dad would wake up and “doctor” the turkey, as he would say. We would all watch the parade on TV and get ready for the big event of the day: Dallas Cowboys football while eating pumpkin pie!

  6. Evan says:

    – This is Evan Simmons, sorry

  7. bikegirl says:

    There has always been Macy’s parade, a big meal and football, sometimes played – always watched.

    Before Grandparents and Great Grandparents passed away there might have been 2 – 3 big meals. Nowdays it is one at my Maternal Grandmother’s house.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just before your Dad and I married
    Thanksgiving came. I didn’t like to do turkeys because they were hard to clean. But he showed up with a nice clean Butterball. I cooked up all the good stuff that goes with it, he and his four kids showed up. Melinda made place cards for all of us. I always dreamed of a Normal Rockwall T. day but never had one. Before or after but boy we have fun, food, and frolic. I can’t wait until tomorrow. See you then. Love, Mom
    Oh, I especially like not having to do everything and thinking it was just all hard work, my wonderful kids, men and women, grandkids, and good husband all help in my place. I plan on playing games, eating and holding new 2 two-month old great grandson.

  9. Anonymous says:

    From Mom again, I forgot that you said when you were a kid. Sorry. That’s what a senior moment is about. I remember lots of wonderful food even during the depression and WWII with rationing and playing with the kids. Just happy, not worrying. That’s for adults I guess. I’m not worrying today, except for needing to get some work done. God is good! It’s good that I can even do some work and look forward, not backwards.

  10. Peter P says:

    I am English. Born and raised in England. Married an American girl 11 years ago and have loved thanksgiving ever since. It was only a couple of years ago that I discovered Black Friday. I love lining up all night outside a store to discover that the item I want is sould out to the 5 people in front of me!

    Christmas has always been the big turkey meal day for me so thanksgiving is awesome… it’s like a warm-up for Christmas, stretching the belly in readyness for Christmas day.

    I desperately want to make Thanksgiving and Christmas about ministry but it’s so hard when the family just want to get tother for ‘family time’.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey Everyone!
    I have joined up with this great idea. Go to thegiftrevolution.com and check it out. One simple act of kindness can change lives!

  12. The Detwilers says:

    Congrats on the tree – but you still didn’t beat your neighbors down the street!!

  13. nb says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. L.C.T. says:

    Your tree is up already??! So many thanksgiving blog posts atm, missing out over here in England!

  15. Ginger says:

    I remember my mom’s chocolate cream pies! Yum! I also hated sweet potatoes…..they made me gag. But, now I can eat them! Isn’t that weird???

  16. Charyl P. says:

    I remember all of our family praying together and playing together. It was so good to be able to thank God for all we have.The great pies did’nt hurt either.Lol

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