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1. Mike will flip the basement lights on and off promptly at noon. That signals it is time to get quiet because it’s about time to eat. 2. All of the tables will contain old black-and-white photos, many of which are at least 80–90 years old. They are mostly pictures of our ancestors and people the younger crowd never met but who are an important part of their heritage. 3. One of the children will read a selected passage from the Bible. 4. Someone will comment about family members who passed the preceding year. 5. The whole family will sing the doxology together. Fortunately, most of my relatives can sing much better than I can. 6. One of the surviving brothers or sisters, or my cousin who is a minister, will say a prayer thanking God for all our blessings. 7. The food line will begin. The oldest people are first, then the youngest children, and then everyone else. If you’re at the end of the line, you know it’s going to be at least 30 minutes before you eat! You also know your food choices, along with the number of desserts, are almost unlimited, so there’s no worry you’ll miss out on anything. And you know you’ll always end up stuffed! 8. After dinner is over, the older folks will sit around and talk all afternoon, and everyone else will have a variety of things to do: watch football on TV, play basketball outside, go bowling, pile in the cars to go watch a movie, or just take a nap. 9. One of the most exciting things for the 5 and under crowd is when Mike gets out his tractor and takes them for rides. For my 5-year-old grandson, Theo, and 2-year-old grandson, Georgie, the tractor rides are always one of the highlights of the day. Needless to say, our Thanksgiving dinner is a memorable and joyous tradition. Each year, the holiday demonstrates to us the important things in life — family, gratitude, faith, and sharing with others. I wish all of you a great Thanksgiving Day! – Steve Fleschner
Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you My dad’s side of the family, the Fleschner side, has had huge Thanksgiving get- togethers for what seems like forever — it’s been at least 70 years. My dad had eight brothers and sisters. Over the years, you could add their spouses and children, along with friends and more distant relatives who had no other place to go, and it’s easy to see how our Thanksgiving celebrations almost always exceed 50 people. One of my earliest memories of Thanksgiving was going to my grandmother’s for the holiday. We would get there before noon and usually stay until 8 or 9 in the evening. I had a lot of fun playing with my cousins there. Then came dinner. My grandma and aunts were incredible cooks, and the amount of food we consumed was almost unimaginable. When my grandmother passed at the age of 90, Thanksgiving dinner moved to my Aunt Jan’s and Uncle John’s house. However, the family grew after a few years, so we needed a lot more space. By that time, most of my cousins were married and had their own children. My cousin Mike is a farmer, and he and his wife, Cindy, have hosted Thanksgiving dinner every year for the last 20 years or so. As it happens, they have a huge basement that can accommodate at least 100 people, so they have more than enough space to fit in the family. I don’t think any of our family get-togethers have exceeded 100 people, but it certainly has been close. Though, with the passage of time, there are now only four of my dad’s brothers and sisters surviving, and all of their spouses have passed. However, our traditional Thanksgiving dinner lives on, and I hope the tradition never ends. One of the reasons I think it has lasted so long is because we realize how important family is and how grateful we are to have one another. Many rituals have become part of the Thanksgiving tradition, which add extra meaning to our Thanksgiving get-togethers. Each year, we can rest assured the following is going to happen.
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