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Football, Family, and Lutefisk

Thanksgiving Traditions

When I was younger, Thanksgiving always involved a “fathers vs. sons” football showdown at my grandma’s place in Columbus, Ohio. Towards the end of the four-day family gathering, after the leftovers were packed in the fridge, the guys would all line up — dads on one side, us kids on the other. As you can imagine, it had the potential to get a little intense. The whole family was watching, so reputations were on the line. But, mostly, it was just a good time spent alongside my cousins, duking it out against my dad and uncles. For years, it was guaranteed that the dads would dominate. Though, I’m realizing now that the yearly tradition suspiciously disappeared at nearly the exact same time us young bucks began to win. These days, the festivities are a little tamer, but still lots of fun. Ever since we moved out to Minnesota a few years back, my wife and I have gone to visit with my in-laws. Everybody spends a few hours of the day hanging out, watching whatever game is on TV, and catching up. And, of course, there’s the big meal, courtesy of my mother-in-law, one of the best cooks around.

between. I can tell you one thing I’m less into that most of my wife’s family totally loves: lutefisk. I guess it’s a tradition from way back with them, so it’s always a part of their Thanksgiving setup. They’ll chow down on it like it’s nothing, and even my oldest son will get in on it. However, I’ve tried it, and let me be the one to tell you that it’s as bad as usually advertised. I’m told it’s a bona fide Minnesota tradition among the large communities

of Swedish- and Norwegian-Americans. Its gelatinous texture pretty much guarantees that it will never be my thing. Besides being the ideal excuse to get the family together all at once, Thanksgiving always provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the people and things in our lives for which we’re grateful. Lately, I’m particularly thankful for my three boys. It’s been incredibly gratifying to watch them grow up and steadily become upstanding young men. My middle son is working with me now full-time and doing a great job. My other two kids are doing really well in school, taking substantial steps towards their success. Sometimes I wonder how they turned out so well; I credit their mom for that. Happy Thanksgiving,

The spread always includes the staples, from turkey to mashed potatoes and everything in

“Besides being the ideal excuse to get the family together all at once, Thanksgiving always provides us opportunity to reflect on the people and things in our lives for which we’re grateful. ”

–Keith Thompson

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