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THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS
Written By: Linda Sears
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THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a frigid winter.
 
This is the most wonderful time of the year! It is in my world as all the family and friends come together. Every year I ask, "What Are You Thankful For", because this is what Thanksgiving is all about! 
My family travels to Matthews, Virginia, to be with my husband’s side of the family. Cousins and friends get together for a feast like none other. Martha Stewart has nothing compared to our Mary Margaret. Thursday is the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin's. It's wonderful to see them all each year and to sit down at this table of 18 or more. Each year it just gets bigger and bigger. After we all "turkey out," then the bottle of "Wild Turkey" is passed around and we each say what we are thankful for with a sip as a toast. This has supposedly been a tradition from day one at their table. So when my family joined the festivities and watched as the bottle got closer and closer to me I was not even thinking about what to say. All I was thinking was, what the heck is "Wild Turkey," I'm not going to drink this, maybe I can just say no thank you and pass it along. Well, that is not an option at this table on this day. Words like Wuss, Weinny, Come on WV girl! So the next year, and with advice from some of the seasoned veterans, when it came to my turn I was ready! I had a speech all prepared that brought tears to some of their eyes; I do have a way with words. Then as I put the bottle to my lips I made a sour face as if I had taken a sip! Believe me when I say all eyes were on me to see if I would really do it and I pulled it off. Laughter and a roar of applause erupted!! What an acting job that was, Just Sayin’!
The next day, Friday, is our seafood festival, as if we didn't get enough to eat on Thursday! On this day neighbors, friends and family gather and the table setting grows to 25 or more. Everyone brings  some form of seafood and nothing is left out! For the past three years we represent by making Maryland Crab Soup. It is so good and everyone tries to get John to share his secret ingredient but he won't give it up! I am sworn to secrecy !
On Saturday we head back to O.C. and don't want anything poultry or seafood so we start to crave a good steak and are off to Antipasti for the best filet in town! 
As my friend Bobby Wilkinson shared with me on Sunday: He feels as though we live in a wonderful place filled with lots of friends and family around us all the time and we are all blessed! I agree and my hope and wish for this Thanksgiving Holiday is that you all have a happy and wonderful time filled with family and friends! I'm Just Sayin’!
Some places in New York got snow so deep it covered their houses and I began to pray for them and us! Please dear Lord, help mother nature be kind to us this winter! We are going to need all the prayers we can muster as the Astronomical Calculations in the Old Farmers Almanac do not sound positive on this matter, sorry to say. It says that we should prepare for a very bad winter! Prayers can move mountains and create miracles so come on people of O.C., let's all pray that we do not get anything like New York just got, ever!  I'm Just Sayin’!   
Quote of the Week: "This is my craft, my love, and my journey, it began years ago"!  (Mick Fleetwood)
Lindasears53@aol.com
 
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