This thread is dedicated to joy. To the warmth of sharing and celebration with those that you love. Be it Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or New Year’s, let us share our collective memories and traditions and all of the quirky decorations, games, recipes and parties that define them. Tell us about your biggest clan gatherings. Crazy things that happened, wacky antics of long lost relatives.
Anything goes, yes, sorrows too. Share what is strong in your mind from these times. Virtual gift giving is also encouraged too, preferably on that special day, but as you will see, anytime is good for giving.
A thumbnail sketch of what I hope to bring here would include;
[li]Thanksgiving: My triple sausage, red wine and sourdough stuffing recipe. Distant memories of family gatherings. Turkey roasting tips and a few reasons to be thankful.[/li]
[li]Chanukah: Reading at a Seder. Remembrance of times past. Awkward moments among my Jewish friends. Food, coffee and traditions.[/li]
[li]Christmas: Unbelievable parties and gag gifts that made people howl. Favorite presents, gotten and given. Tree ornaments that stick to the top of your mind like chewing gum.[/li]
[li]New Years: Finally the time when many of us make, break and fake all sorts of resolutions. The lunar New Year and Hebraic New Year are just as welcome.[/li]
[li]Holiday Birthdays: Any of you whose birthday falls on a holiday, please check in and relate your memories about how your parents made sure things were special or how you were overlooked. Born a month after Christmas, I know the toll taken by Holiday burnout.[/li]If this seems too early, not even Halloween and all that, please indulge me in bringing to all of us any new ideas or traditions that might make times a little happier. After all, this all that I seek.