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Thanksgiving: My Celebration | The Detroit Jewish News

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Although not a Jewish holiday, Thanksgiving has always played an important role in our family’s holiday celebrations.

Pair it with your warmest winter coat, boots. fur hat with a matching hat and a scarf around my neck, I bent over my father in the bleachers. The clowns, the dancers, the drummers were by my side. The majorette twirled her baton and let me touch it as it came down. It made me happy to float. When Santa brought his wagon to Detroit, I was sure his wave was for me alone: ​​The Detroit Thanksgiving Parade was right next to me on Woodward Avenue! We got the best seats. The police made sure there was a front-row seat for my father, a Wayne County State’s Attorney, and his guests: one of the perks of his job. my father.

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Once we were too old to care about attending, the parade was left on TV. The Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears took over. The game started at noon. We came home to dinner that mom had prepared for our family. Mom and Dad even bought an extension table that opens up into the living room so we can all sit around one table.
Getting married changed my Thanksgiving celebration. Food, football and family, plus the parade, were the highlights of every Thanksgiving. But my husband Mickey’s family’s tradition of progressive cooking brought a new twist to Thanksgiving dinner. It became three meals in three different households: entrée, turkey stew, then dessert. We were often able to walk from one house to another. At dinner the focus was on gratitude; Around the table, each person was thinking about what they were grateful for this year, whether it was a game of gratitude, or a reenactment of the original holiday for the Pilgrims and the occasional Indian was thrown into the mix.
L’Dor, V’Dor, for the first time this year our family celebration in St. Louis. The Thanksgiving parade is on TV for our four grandchildren to watch. Gather around Etai and Caroline’s new specially purchased table to accommodate large family gatherings, which also extend into the living room. Our nuclear family and Caroline’s nuclear family, including siblings and children, will enjoy Thanksgiving together. We will add smoked turkey to the food we brought.
Although not a Jewish holiday, Thanksgiving has always played an important role in our family’s holiday celebrations. An American holiday that has no religious roots or content. The long weekend brings everyone home from near and far. Friday, extra day, became our special family holiday. We gave it a name. “Friday Family Fun Day:” Having fun together outdoors: at events, movies, hiking in the woods, Black Friday Shopping or…. On that Friday, dinner is in the restaurant, not the usual Shabbat dinner.
The purpose and meaning of Thanksgiving is to celebrate the values ​​we hold dear family, friendship, gratitude, sharing food, helping others, understanding and respecting other cultures. Every year we celebrate the partnership between the Pilgrims and the Indians. Especially in this time of separation, an example to follow.
Every year I am blessed and grateful to have an extended family that I enjoy spending time with. Whether we travel far or far, we all make sure that we meet on that day; everyone brings their own delicious food, their own idea of ​​the holiday, and their own special thanks.
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey Day! Enjoy your vacation, even if you’re celebrating.

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