THANKSGIVING

I have much to be thankful for when Thanksgiving rolls around each year.

When I was a child I was thankful for having no school for a few days, for all of the delicious food my mom would be serving and the wonderful deserts. Our family always started out with stuffed artichokes, lasagna, meatballs, sausage and home made bread. The next course was when the turkey and all the trimmings were served. We always had family and friends at our home celebrating with us, some would come for the entire dinner others would arrive when dessert was being served and still others would pop in at any time. There was always plenty of cousins around to play with and an abundance of food to share. When we were all seated at the table along with the food, one of us would say the prayer and then each of us children had to say what we were thankful for, it varied with each of us but always included our mom and dad.

As the years passed and we married and had families of our own and extended families of our spouses, we kept the tradition going. Each year around February or March depending on date Easter would fall on my sisters and I would decide which one of us would host each holiday and we all showed up at that home along with our children.turkey

Now that our children are grown and have families of their own and some of us live in different states. I live in Florida along with my daughter and her family but, we still celebrate with the same traditions. Now days it is not at my table due to the fact that my beautiful daughter had taken the reins. My sons live in New York along with many of my other family members, others live in Nevada and California so they celebrate with their families, in-laws and friends. However we always call each other. We usually try to find out what time dinner will be served and then call at that time. My daughter does a wonderful job with keeping our family traditions going. She even invites people who will be alone and if I ask her to invite friends of mine that I know will also be alone she never refuses and we always have room for all.

This year I turned seventy three and the sands of time are flying by so much faster than then I would like. I am thankful for many things but most of all I am thankful for being able to see my grown children raising their beautiful families and for still being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with them and my grandchildren. I am especially thankful to my daughter Melissa for hosting the holiday’s so beautifully. Although she works a full time job as does her husband Brian and they have two beautiful girls  that are nine and two she still manages to keep the traditions that were started so many years ago intact and does it with the most beautiful smile on her face. We are truly blessed.mel-and-mich

I wish all of my family and fiends including my internet friends a very Happy Blessed Thanksgiving.

71 thoughts on “THANKSGIVING

  1. What a delightful read from you Patricia. By the way, I am the same age as you and can identify with a lot of what you share about traditions. My daughter has taken over the reins for our family. Through the years many have died or have moved to far away to come for our gatherings. We are now a small ground compared to the old days of 50, then 30, then 20 and today 8 of us only. Still it is special. I live in Canada and thanksgiving for us is in October.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  2. Thank you. It always warms my heart when I see my daughter following family traditions. I’ll tell you that when she was a teenager I thought our traditions were doomed even when she was in university I thought all was lost.
    She fooled me though after she married and had her first daughter everything kicked in. The surprise for me is that she is a wonderful cook and was paying attention all those years. I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter and she tells me all the time that her daughter Michaella is just like me. I am a happy grandma. :o)

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  3. Ahhh, this is so beautiful, Patricia. I can relate to your feeling thankful for our families and the blessings God has surrounded us with. I’ve not had many traditions like you for Thanksgiving but can truly share your love of friends and family gathered around the table.

    It will be a quiet one this year, of our choosing, as we’ve had invitations. Just feels right to cherish these times we have now, hubby and me, and soak in our love for each other and gratitude.

    A lot of reflections these days coming up on our 50th anniversary next month. I think it goes that way sometimes as you get older. Wishing you and your loved ones a special Thanksgiving celebration. Love and hugs xxoo

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  4. Aw, thank you Pat. I think it’s sweet that you and your hubby choose to have an intimate Thanksgiving. I also would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and a super golden Happy Anniversary for next month.
    My daughter does everything on the holidays and bless her soul she loves doing it.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Love and hugs to you too xoxo

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    • Couldn’t think of anything more loving than that, Patricia. having your daughter host Thanksgiving. Yes, it will be a nice, intimate Thanksgiving for us and I’m looking forward to it and soaking in all the love and festivities of this time of year. Thank You and wishing the same for you and yours. God bless. xxoo

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  5. Such a heartfelt post Patricia. You are truly blessed to have such a warm and loving family, and the fact that you’re all scattered in different states and still try and celebrate by phone is beautiful. Wishing you and yours a happy and grateful Thanksgiving. ❤

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  6. You are truly blessed Patricia. Thanks for sharing this story and for always be a bright light in my days. You are only a year yournger than I it seems and so I know of what you speak so well.
    May you and yours have a most blessed Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you! Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂 ❤

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  7. Thank you Natalie. I feel the same way. It is such a comforting feeling when someone has experienced living through the same era. I believe there is an unspoken kinship and understanding about life in that time and space. Have a great weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving day. hugs

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  8. Lovely post, Patricia. Except for the Italian touches to the Thanksgiving menu, I see similarities to our evolving experience. I too am in my 70s and our daughter has taken over the reins for major family meals. She also invites people who would otherwise be alone for the day. Wonder where they learned this from – ha!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my dear.

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  9. I love your comment especially the HA because growing up we were by no means well to do. I had five siblings and my mom and dad made seven. My dad was a truck driver. Try raising a family that large today on his meager earnings. However we always had a roof over our heads, and food on the table and attended Catholic School. On top of that my parents used to host two boys, Tommy and John every holiday from a boys orphanage. She also made sure no one she knew of spent the day alone. How they managed? With love. I guess that is the key and we simply passed it down to our girls.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

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  10. Such a hear-warming post shining with the love of your family – lovely that your children continue the tradition with such warmth and generosity. I feel in many ways your Thanksgiving is almost a bigger than Christmas? Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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  11. Thank you Annika, I think Thanksgiving and Christmas are about even in this country. It’s all about sharing, helping and most of all love. It is a joyous time of the year and my favorite as well. I also like the fact that I don’t have to cook for twenty or thirty people any more. :o)

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  12. I remember the Thanksgiving dinners that I helped my mom with as a young girl. Twenty or more seated at that huge table in our dining room. Mom didn’t do Italian, except for the stuffed artichokes when we were so stuffed ourselves. My favorite memory is the turkey soup with the alphabet pasta in it as a starter. It still amazes me that she made a soup. I remember being at her side,in the kitchen all of the time, learning her magic! Our second “Italian thing” had to be the ever present fennel at the end of the meal to help us digest our meal! We seemed to always have room for it. Thanksgiving and Christmas time were the only time of the year you could buy it. Now I have it every night in my salad instead of celery. Of course, always .present was the Asti Spumante, which Daddy let us have, and I loved it. After dinner Daddy had to have his coffee (black mud) with his Annizone in it in the tiny coffee cups. Remember the cute little coffee pot that you made it in? I still have one and the cups. Then after all of this Daddy would go hunting either that night or in the morning, and take Jerry with him. I learned so much about cooking from my amazing mother and in turn my daughter, and sons learned from me. All of our holidays were special but Dad and Mom made Sundays in our home special all year round. We always had extra family over for our dinners. Our cousins and friends of the family were always welcome. Now, many have passed and others live far away, but they are always in my heart and my thoughts. God truly blessed the Giordano family.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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  13. Judy! What a pleasant surprise for me. Thank you for visiting and for your beautiful comment. Yes, I remember your dining room table well and all the delicious Sunday meatballs and spaghetti dinners that were shared together. I also remember the popcorn afterward it was my favorite time of the day. I loved your parents and your grandparents, actually loved all of you and still do.
    For those of you who read this, Judy is my cousin her father and my mother were siblings and her mother was best friends with my mom.
    I loved the sleep overs we shared and the fun we used to have trying to learn how to ride the bicycles in the garage. I have many fond memories of Sunday dinners sitting at your mothers dining room table that are etched in my heart forever.
    Our parents gave us such a strong sense of family that I hopefully have passed to my children and am ever grateful for that.
    This was a pleasant surprise, you are the first one in our entire family that has taken the time to visit my blog and I am honored.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and send our love to everyone.
    Love you. ♥♥♥

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    • Your song is wonderful. Thanksgiving is exactly that. it is about remembering those that made it possible for all of us to live in freedom. I don’t have any ancestors that were what we consider Pilgrims but I am a third generation American with Italian and German descendants. Those cultures were interwoven with the American way of life and thus a new culture was born. We do go back not only to our ancestors but to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving feast.
      I want to thank you for your kind gesture and the opportunity to listen to your song. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit again. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  14. Oh Pat, such a wonderful, heartwarming post. I love the emphasis on tradition, and your pics convey a truly happy feeling. Goodness, that table – my mouth waters!

    All my very best to you and yours for Thanksgiving,

    Paul

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      • Dear Pat,

        A big thank you from us both for your generous invitation. How Maureen and I would love it, if only it were possible – Thanksgiving with the Salamones: yes! Maybe some day.

        And should you ever find yourselves down this way, you can be sure of a warm welcome at our wee Welsh home.

        Have a good weekend and take care,

        Paul

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  15. Thank you Paul. It is so important for us to honor those that founded this great land and suffered many ordeals for our benefit.
    I can only hope that I will deserve such an honor to be remembered at Thanksgiving by future generations in my family when I cease to exist. What an honor that would be. ♥

    Regards to you and Maureen,
    Pat

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  16. Oh, my, I would love to have dinner like that for Thanksgiving – lasagna! Yum! I’d love to have Italian food. I’m not a turkey girl at all. This was a beautiful tribute to your daughter and all that have come before.

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  17. It is true that family has spread. And grown! While I host other holiday meals I am lucky to sometimes go to two now that we sometimes can’t all be in the same place at the same time.

    May your table always be filled with laughter and love.
    And best wishes on celebrating 73 years young.

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