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Tyrrell's Tidbits: Not following Thanksgiving traditions this year


By Heather Tyrrell, Phoenix Editor, editor@phoenixvillenews.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Maybe it has something to do with the fact I donít ever have to worry about making a turkey for loads of relatives. The real reason I think is because itís not about rushing around to get the perfect gifts. Itís about the fellowship of family and friends.
For years my family has actually gone out to eat for our Thanksgiving feast during the early afternoon in Lancaster County. Then we usually go back to Mom and Dadís and eat turkey sandwiches, marshmallow candied yams and the other goodies my mom and grandma like to make. I always struggle to make the room in my stomach for turkey sandwiches, but itís hard to pass on those candied yams.
The crowd of relatives has grown throughout the years after my brother met my sister-in-law. Now her family joins us for our Thanksgiving tradition. Then my when my husband and I got serious while we were dating, he started coming to my familyís celebration. About three years ago, my twin nephews were born, adding to the holiday excitement.
Never was my familyís Thanksgiving about where we were going to go for Black Friday deals or about gifts. It was about the gift of family and spending time together.
Although I love the Thanksgiving tradition my family has, my husband and I are staying home this year since the babyís due date is so close. I will miss my family, but I wonít miss the rushing to get ready and driving around this year. If the baby allows us to go through with our plans, I plan to watch the Macyís Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 14 years and then my husband is going to make us brunch. Later in the afternoon, we are going out to eat locally for our feast. It is going to feel strange not following tradition this year, but maybe this will be the start of a new Thanksgiving tradition.