Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to share with family and friends and to be thankful for God’s many blessings in our lives. I have such fond memories of Thanksgiving during my childhood. My all time favorite dish my mother served at Thanksgiving was onion bake. Click here for a similar recipe.
Sharing our blessings with others has now become part of my own family’s Thanksgiving family tradition.
Thanksgiving is certainly a time to enjoy good food with family. I think the greatest lesson I learned from my mother about Thanksgiving is to share the feast. In our home, my mother’s mantra was “The more the merrier.” I have mentioned in previous posts that my mother always told me to remember The Golden Rule.
I saw my mother demonstrate this lesson, time after time, especially at Thanksgiving. My mother always invited “strays”, as she called them, to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. By stray, she meant those who didn’t have family or friends to share the holiday with.
I remember as a teenager being put out with my mother because she would invite complete strangers to Thanksgiving dinner. Now, I cherish all those dinners with family and strangers. My mother truly practiced what she preached.
Wouldn’t we all want someone to share their dinner with us if we didn’t have family or friends close by on this holiday? I am forever grateful to my mother for teaching me that holidays are more than just sharing dinner with family, they are a time to share our many blessings with those in need.
My hope this Thanksgiving is that all those who are alone will find special souls like my mother who will share their feast.
Leslie Hendrix Wood
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