I really miss the "formal" Thanksgiving family dinner from times past. We do have large (30-40 person) family dinners on or near the holiday now , to get the spirit of family renewed. They tend to have all the traditional foods, but served buffet style, on disposable dinnerware and utensils, and plastic cups. Kids running everywhere after 3 minutes of eating..people take their food to wherever they can find a chair...TV and Video-games going-- you get the idea.
What I miss was dressing up in our Sunday best. Going to Grandmothers...or later going to my Mom's. Sitting at a formal table (multiple forks and glasses) . The matriarch said Grace, then food passed to the left working it's way around the table. No thank you helpings (sample-size) of things you didn't care for (mashed turnips and radishes for me, Rutabaga and cooked carrots for my sister). Gravy in "boats" at various locations on the table. Kids at a seperate table until aged 12, then they sat with the adults.
At least a 2 hour break after dinner before the pies turned up for dessert. Always sharp Cheddar freshly sliced for the Apple Pie. Squirt cans of whipped creme for the Pumpkin. And at least three other varieties including REAL Mince-meat, Lemon Merirenge, and cream--chocolate or coconut. No nut pies...for no reason that I ever learned.
I don't know if it was the 'Spirit' or the 'Style' or the 'fading memories' that I long for, but it was a wonderful experience thats for sure.
TGhanks to our friend from the "Great White North" for bringing back those memories
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