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Five Thanksgiving Traditions to be Thankful For

Jason Williams
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            Thanksgiving is a special time for gathering of family and friends.  Getting together over a turkey dinner has been a long held tradition for many.  As time goes on, traditions change and many will find themselves waiting in line at a movie theater on Thanksgiving Day, or visiting their favorite Chinese buffet restaurant.  However you spend your Thanksgiving, we all should be thankful for traditions. 

            The MealThanksgiving Words in a Colorful Display

            Tradition beckons a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn, green bean casserole and many other yummy dishes.  And of course the desserts galore….pumpkin pies, apple pies, cherry pies….. Every family has a favorite dish, a recipe that one can not share, and everyone generally eats well.  Did you know that lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims’ menu?

            The Sports

            Yes, there it is…Football.  Games all day long, with rivals fighting each other while turkey is carved up.  Although we all know this is not a tradition from the early years, it has added to the Thanksgiving excitement.   Football now goes hand in hand with Thanksgiving in many households.  Whether you watch it or not, it has a presence. 

            The Parade

            Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition in my house.  The television is turned on as soon as it starts.  The kids watch it with excitement over the balloons soaring above the skyline and the dancing and singing of the latest teen musical group.  Of course, the parade ends with the star of the show and so should begin the start of shopping.

            The Shopping

            Do you shop on Black Friday?  It is hard to miss all the ads on television and in the newspaper; they started at the beginning of November.  Most people won’t even remember why they call it Black Friday.  A little history...black Friday received its name as the day to kick off the holiday season.  The term "black" came from the idea that retailers were moving out of the "red" and into the profit territory about that time each year.   As stores began to realize that large sales brought even larger crowds, so began the slashing of prices.  Tradition has created long lines, cold weather and mob like crowds that can become dangerous.  However, whether you like it or not, if people shop, the stores will continue to be open.

            The Gratitude

            What are you thankful for?  We here at The Miley Legal Group will share what we are thankful for very soon…in video format.  We can’t wait for you to see it.  It’s that time of year to express our gratitude to our family and friends, even our community.  After all, that is what Thanksgiving is all about...to show and give thanks for our “bounties.”  This tradition is routed in the first Thanksgiving, which according to records, lasted three days.  

            I am sure you have your own traditions with your family and friends.  Each year we gather new ones or share the old ones, but that is what this time is all about.  Let us all be thankful.  Thankful that we are here to share our stories, thankful that we have people to share them with and finally thankful that we have places to call home.

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