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Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy X-Giving

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 8:22 AM
Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the days of Norman Rockwell's Thanksgiving no longer exist. It did when I was growing up in the sixties and early seventies. I can still smell my grandma's turkey and ham wafting through her kitchen. I can still hear the chattering of all my cousins. I miss those days. They stopped after my dad passed away and my mom and I moved three-thousand miles away from Thanksgiving.

After I got married and had kids, I tried to give them a heirloom Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. It didn't go as planned. Times were rough for myself and my first husband. With four children we barely made ends meet. My kids never had a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.

As time passed, kids grew up and went there own way. Now it's me, hubby,daughter, and grandson. We spend Thanksgiving, just the four of us around a tiny table wishing for that Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.

It seems the older your children get the less they care about Thanksgiving. It's more about the food, playing video games, or watching football on T.V. The true meaning of Thanksgiving went out the door with yesterday's parents. It's our fault. We have become a society of fast-paced, let's get it over with Thanksgivings.

I want my grandson to experience a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, but he probably never will. My family is scattered about and the excuses are never ending. There is now a hustle and bustle that keeps my family from that Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. What's your excuse?

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalms 100:4 NIV


Samantha Curtis on November 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM said...

Never give up on your dream! It may not happen right now but keep trying to push tradition and it will catch on... maybe for the next generation :)

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frikken DUCKIE on November 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I think my family was able to stick to traditional for the most part while I was growing up. Everyone would come over to our house around the afternoon and we'd stuff ourselves and bond until late in the evening.

Eventually some of my aunts and uncles moved away, and so did I, so I'm sure that Thanksgivings are a little different now at my parents' but I'm glad I got to experience that and I hope that my kids enjoy the new traditions we're going to start.

♥ Duckie.

Nicole Buckingham on November 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM said...

I guess by the very nature of our family we are nontraditional but our Thanksgiving is at it's essence a time for gathering and being still, and for just a moment thankful, just thankful. 'cause for all the things that can and do go wrong, well just enough also go right.

Aloha Sweet Friend,

Thank you so very much for joining us last week for An Aloha Affair. Thank you for sharing your sweet energy with us.

This week's An Aloha Affair is now live and I hope that you'll join us again in between holiday prep and such... I hope too that you know... I am oh so very thankful for you!


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