Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and represents food, family, and times of sharing gratitude for what the Lord has done.
It is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons but mostly because of my family’s traditions, the food preparation, and the time spent in and around the kitchen.
My family traditions have evolved over the 29 years of marriage. In the beginning, my husband and I used to travel a good eight hours to visit family for Thanksgiving, but after having children, the long drive proved to be difficult. We then held Thanksgiving at home with our immediate family, but as the children grew things changed.
We began inviting people over who had nowhere else to go. It started with my husband inviting a coworker who did not have family in town, and it then evolved into inviting random people every year. A few years in a row, we had our former pastor’s parents over while they traveled out of state to visit their daughter. One year we invited a couple we met at church who were new in town. Another time we asked a young family over, and a few times it has been a mix of people we know who didn’t know one another. We …
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Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name! ESV
What are your favorite holiday traditions? I would love to hear!