With such a large extended family, there are many family traditions we enjoy throughout the year. Some are quirky, like the annual jigsaw puzzle-making contest and when the ladies of the family all wear hats on the same day. Others are more traditional, like celebrating together on the holidays.
For example, on Thanksgiving, we often go to Lori’s sister Michelle’s house where our parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews come join in the fun. The day begins with a “turkey trot” around the neighborhood, with neighbors on hand to cheer on the walkers and runners. Afterwards, we head back to Michelle’s house to begin preparing the meal together. Wandering around Michelle’s house on Thanksgiving Day feels like an opportunity to “choose your own adventure.” There are different people and activities in each room–football on the TV in the living room with a fire crackling in the background, children playing board games or running around outside playing tag, and people in the kitchen cooking, talking, and laughing. There is never a dull moment, and we always return home with fond memories of the holiday with loved ones.