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In Response to RE: Memoir Prompt May 2012 : Family Traditions by foxieblue
One of my most treasured family traditions and memories was Thanksgiving at my grandparents house. They lived in Newark, NJ, and in the late '40's, early '50's, along the route of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. From their second floor living room windows, my brother, cousins and I could watch the parade in comfort. I remember Santa Claus waving at us from atop his hook and ladder fire engine.
Then there was the dinner. Children at one table, adults at another. Nanny would get the biggest turkey that would fit in her oven, and each of us children had our own special plate, that during the rest of the year, hung on the dining room wall. Mine had a duck on it. I had to eat what I took, until I could see that duck. Since she died in 1974, that plate has had pride of place on the wall in the kitchen of wherever I have ever lived.
Another thing I remember is the time my aunt was given the job of whipping the cream for dessert. Except she got distracted and made butter. Did she ever get yelled at by my grandmother! For, in those days, where could one buy more whipping cream on Thanksgiving Day, when nothing was open?
Now our family is scattered, our parents are gone, and there are no more Thanksgiving dinners en masse. I think we all are the poorer for it. But at least we have our memories.