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Our Team’s Thanksgiving Traditions

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This Thanksgiving, we’re sharing some of our team’s favorite traditions. Grab a slice of pumpkin pie and join us in celebrating what we are thankful for.

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“My favorite tradition in our house growing up was when my grandparents would come for Thanksgiving. My mother and grandmother would be up before the sun stuffing the bird, and it would already smell like the holiday by the time we woke up. There was a flurry of activity that started about 2 a.m. and went all day long; baking, prepping, basting, and finally the main event—the tasting of my grandmother’s famous stuffing. When it was time for carving the turkey, everyone tried to sneak a taste of the stuffing before it made it to the table. My mother still makes that same stuffing as my grandmother did and will one day pass that tradition on to my sisters and me.” —Laura Novak, Business Manager

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“My family is obsessed with traditions; we are always looking for an excuse to get everyone together. Around the holidays it can be difficult with such a big family to coordinate everyone’s schedules while making sure everyone spends time with their significant other’s family too. The idea we came up with for Thanksgiving was creating our own holiday the night before Thanksgiving—we call it Turkey Twilight. The idea is that everyone gets together the night before for a night of fun, food and family and can spend Thanksgiving day stress-free and focused on spending time with their other side of the family. Quality time is our most cherished tradition, even if we have to get a little creative to make it happen!” —Taylor Grewe, Social Media Specialist

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“From an early age, I remember my grandmother’s cranberry relish at our Thanksgiving table. She and my grandfather would use a grinder with a vice-type grip to grind the special family recipe of cranberry-orange relish. They’d set it up on an ironing board in the kitchen a few days before Thanksgiving, and I remember it being a significant production for a medium-sized bowl of fresh relish.

Years ago, my aunt gifted me an antique grinder for my own love of making the relish. Eventually, I got the idea to start making larger batches of it to give away as gifts. I’ve been known to make up to 40 jars of relish for dear friends that I feverishly deliver before Thanksgiving day. I upgraded from the antique grinder to the professional Cuisinart years ago to service my one-night-only commercial kitchen for cranberry-orange relish. My dearly beloved grandmother would have never agreed to that, but since my recipe carries her secret ingredient that makes it so good, it all works and is made with lots of sugar and lots of love. —Renee Dee, Publisher

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“Our Thanksgiving is fairly straightforward; we get together with family for turkey, wine, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. But one of my favorite parts is how we pass our ‘turkey coma’ time, which is with shopping! My mom and I always start planning our holiday shopping and gifts on Thanksgiving day and it gets us excited for the season ahead. We bring our iPads and buy the newspaper—yes, old-school style—and have fun ogling all the ads, even if we aren’t really looking for a crazy Black Friday deal. It’s fun to see what the hot new things are for the season and to start planning our holiday shopping list!” —Marlene Srdic, Editor in Chief

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“For Thanksgiving, before my pawpaw passed, at least 20 of us would go to his place for a somewhat non-traditional dinner. He’d grill something on the BBQ for the kids like hot dogs and hamburgers and my grandma always made this delicious turkey gumbo. We generally wouldn’t have a full turkey, but someone would always bring slices of turkey and everyone would chip in by bringing snacks or desserts. Then we’d all stay and watch the football game together.” —Gerry Holt, Web Developer

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“I’m big on tablesettings as a tradition, white plates with gold trim, roses, beautiful silver, glitter name tags—the works! I have even painted white pumpkins like we had in our photoshoot. I usually cook two turkeys, one deep fried and one in the oven for about 15 family and friends and we all say something that we are thankful for and blessed!”—Julie Osten-Crisan, Vice President of Sales

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“One of our family Thanksgiving traditions is eating a chocolate pie. My dad always makes one from an old Hershey’s cookbook from the 50’s. The pie is so tasty with its crispy graham cracker crust and homemade whipped cream. Growing up, no one on my dad’s side of the family would try to compete with his pie. But, now an aunt or cousin will try to outdo it. My sister-in-law is the only person who has beat his 50s-style recipe. Dad’s chocolate pie is usually one of the first pies to be consumed by the family.” —Jimmy Johnson, Graphic Designer

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