Growing up as a child, my family (parents and 4 siblings) would celebrate this special day along with my grandparents. I have such great memories of my mother or grandmother stuffing a fresh turkey and popping it in the oven. Homemade pumpkin pies were a specialty for my mother using fresh pumpkin. Although we had many more trimmings to go along with the turkey (homemade cranberries, green bean casserole, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and candied sweet potatoes. my favorite side dish was my grandmother's creamed mushrooms! Right before we pass all the turkey and the trimmings, we say grace and each family member shares what they are thankful for!
We would always watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and watch a family movie after dinner.
Although my family has grown with my siblings all married and 11 nieces/nephews, it still is not the same without my father and grandparents presence.
The weekend after Thanksgiving our family would begin decorating for the holidays and begin our holiday baking. We would always do butter cut out cookies and my sisters and brother would always have fun in decorating them with assorted colored sprinkles. The next morning, I would go shopping with my grandmother on Black Friday. Now of days, I no longer go out on this day to shop especially at large shopping malls, I just support small businesses and the remainder of my holiday purchases are via online shopping.
So what are your Thanksgiving traditions?