With the holidays fast approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about past family traditions as well as new traditions that have formed and are forming. For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday — not just because of the food, but because there are absolutely zero expectations (other than eating more in one sitting than we typically eat on a regular day!). It is obvious that most holidays have become another reason to buy something for someone, and don’t get me started on how early in the year you start to see Christmas decorations these days. We seem to have lost the meaning of most holidays, but that is a discussion for another day.

For me and my family, this holiday has always been one of bringing the family, both near and far, together for several days to catch up, and served as a yearly family reunion. Thanksgiving created cohesiveness in our family and provided me with a sense of comfort. I am a creature of habit and it felt good to know that I could depend on this holiday to bring the whole family together year after year. 

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