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Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful holiday. Our families would gather together at my grandparent’s house for a day of eating, singing, game playing and the after dinner walk around the block. There was a houseful and we kids sat at the obligatory kid table. We never really minded because we were still part of the action.

The tables would be covered with platters, casserole dishes and plates as all that delicious food made its way from the kitchen. My grandmother would cook the turkey and stuffing and my mom and aunts would make side dishes or desserts. My grandfather would mix drinks before dinner and then seemingly spend his time running up and down the basement stairs for chairs or whatever we needed at the table.

More often than not the back door to the porch would need to be opened slightly as my uncle would make mention as to how hot it was. LOL, he never did like the heat. Funny how things never changed from year to year.

However, over time we grand kids grew up and family life got more hectic. Some of us drifted away to other states and the family Thanksgiving gathering ended. We all spend time with our own immediate families or loved ones but the memories of those wonderful gatherings will stay with us forever.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Written by David A. Ufer

November 21, 2011 at 7:07 am

Posted in Family

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  1. Grandpa would make Manhattans and Whiskey Sours. I always think of him when I make a Whiskey Sour at home. Here’s a link to my Whiskey Sour post:

    Tom Ufer

    November 21, 2011 at 8:31 am

    • Yep, I read that once before. Highballs for everyone!


      November 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Terri Carr-Amato

    November 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

  3. I remember the Highballs and the Manhattans being made. I treasure the memory of everyone standing around the organ while Grandma played. Grandpa always sang bass and the rest of us muddled through the best we could. I think the walk around the block was how our Moms got us out from under foot for an hour. I miss my Florida family the most during the holidays, probably because of the precious memories of so many past holidays together. Thanks for the remembrances, Dave.

    Amy Farley

    November 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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