When I think back to the family holiday celebrations when I was a child growing up in the 80's, I remember the family gathering at my grandmother's house. The food would be set around the dining room table and the desserts on her buffet. Mom and Aunt Pat would see what needed to be done in the kitchen. It wasn't yet known if Aunt Pam would be making a guest appearance, even though she literally lived right around the corner. My grandmother would have every thing covered in that cheap plastic wrap she used to buy, the food barely covered. We'd hold hands to bless the food, one random adult selected to say the prayer. Everyone would say Amen and we'd commence to making plates.
It was a
guessing game as far as the meats, pick one at your own risk. Grandpa
was a hunter, so you were subject to get raccoon, rabbit, or even goat
on your plate. I remember the Christmas where my Uncle Phillip,
jockeying for position to get closer to the bowl of chitlin's knocks
over several of my Grandmother's house plants, spilling dirt every
where. It's thirty years later and he still can't live that one down.
we wouldn't eat at the dining room table, so everyone would take their
paper plates out to the living room. God forbid if you spilled any of
the red pop on the carpet. After everyone was stuffed, we'd either see
what was on the TV or the rest of the evening would be spent catching up
on family events. Aunt Pam would show up with her family, right after
the dishes were washed and all the clean up work was done. ; )
holiday celebrations from years past live on only in old photographs.
The kids are adults now, some with kids of their own. Uncle Junior, my
mother's baby brother has been sleeping in his grave since 1999, Grandpa
followed a few years later, and this year Grandma joined them in
eternity. My parents have been divorced for years, Aunt Pat is still up
in Grand Rapids, and Aunt Pam and one of her daughters are hours away in
St. Louis. Life happened between then and now, which is why those
holidays spent together are so precious.
are times that we can never get, which is why I don't understand people
nowadays. Instead of spending the holidays with their loved ones,
they'd rather spend it in a tent outside a store, waiting to buy some
item they don't really need. When did Thanksgiving or the other holidays
become so twisted? With today's society and everybody focused on me,
me, me, and what I need, they forget the real meaning. Worse yet, their
shopping habits affect the poor people who work at these stores.
mother works for a retail giant, the head of her office which is vital
to the running of the store. We can't spend the holiday together because
she works Thanksgiving morning and then has to report to work at
midnight the same evening to be ready for Black Friday. Now our holiday
dinner has to scheduled before or after the actual holiday because some
executive who's having his holiday meal catered by the help decides they
can make a lot of money on Thanksgiving. All so somebody's kid can have
that nice new tablet or laptop, which truth be told is last year's
model anyway. It's something you might want to consider if you decide
to venture out on Thanksgiving to shop.