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Odd T-day traditions
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Bandersnatch    Posted 11-24-2004 at 07:21:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s alot of folks still didn't have television. My dad's family got together every year for t-day. We met at about 6:30 am at the house where we were eating, the women would begin cooking the meal and the men went small game hunting. At around 12:30 the men went back to clean up and get ready for a 1:30 pm t-day dinner. After dinner, the MEN cleaned up the table, did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen. The women would go shopping at the nearby discount dept store, which back then were closed Sundays but open T-day till 6:00 pm. The last few years that we got together like that, the men also got the kids in the kitchen and we made mountains of Christmas cookies. (Dad was a carpenter, but my two uncles were bakers) Each family would have about 20 lbs of cookies to take home. I haven't a clue how that tradition got started, but it sort of fell apart when most of the kids were in or through college. To this day, while I do help my wife cook thanksgiving dinner and clean up, it always seems like I should be out walking through a frosty field in the morning and it just doesn't seem right not to bake Christmas cookies on T-day evening.
I am on my way out to get the ingredients for the Christams cookies. Maybe the kids and I can carry on at least part of the tradition.

Alias    Posted 11-24-2004 at 07:55:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is shaping up, (Weatherwize), to be another day of Yellow Perch fishing for my Sons and I. It started a few years ago and we've tried to carry on our tradition when ever possible. The turkey will be baked tonight and most of the other goodies will be prepared for easy heat-up so there won't be a lot of cooking tomorrow.

By the time we catch all the fish in the river, (Ha), we'll just have time to get back home and sit down to dinner.

Everyone, have a Happy Thanksgiving.......gfp

deadcarp    Posted 11-24-2004 at 07:54:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
we tend to stock up on christmas candy early, already have ribbons & filled pillows. then when it comes we make fudge & divinity & have it all. the grandkids take sandwich bags & make up candy sacks.

donna in w.v    Posted 11-24-2004 at 07:29:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hunting is a tradition here too because most years deer season is this week as it is this year. Men will hunt all morning then eat and we will all pitch in for the clean up. Then the men will play cribbage and the winner gets a gag gift.The ladies will finish the quilt we raffle off at church to buy gifts for the angels on our tree[kids who might not get a gift].

Cindi    Posted 11-24-2004 at 10:13:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanksgiving for the time being here is not as big a get together type holiday as Christmas. Fred and Jake go hunting every year at Thanksgiving because its the only long weekend Fred can get to go. Usually we eat the day before or very early on T day. This year, by mutual decision, we decided that I was not going to cook. Me and the girls are going out to eat today and we are going to relax and watch movies all day tomorrow and then catch some after dinner sales.

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