Family Traditions: Thanksgiving Brought to a Whole New Level.

1st Place Gingerbread House!

If you could choose, what would it be? Well, it’d likely depend on what the subject was, right? Most people need a reason to be able to pick, a subject for them to choose. For my extended family it seems otherwise; no matter the day, they are always competitive, and they bring competitiveness to the next level. You name it: playing board games, wiffle ball, cooking, even decorating gingerbread houses. YES, decorating houses of gingerbread.

A few years ago since my grandparents have passed the Thanksgiving “torch” onto my parents, it was after the dinner meal that most of us relatives, aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandparents, 29 of us this year, participated in a newer family tradition of decorating gingerbread houses.

Decorating gingerbread houses is one thing, then there’s a whole new level of decorating when you add a pinch or two, of competitiveness. Some of us work by ourselves, coming up with our own one-of-a-kind beauty. Then there’s other who team up, collaborating ideas with another who also turn out wonderfully decorated houses too.

What makes my family tradition of decorating gingerbread houses different from any other gingerbread decorating competition would be the fact that we are all family. Some of us have married into the family, but that doesn’t make them any less family than those of who are family by blood. Nope, no way, no how. Family is family.

Since we’re all family, we sometimes have similar ideas, but we’re all very much different at the same time, which adds the perfect amount of uniqueness to anything and everything we do. As you can see, from the pictures posted, no two houses are decorated the same.

A few things I’d like to add about having bigger family gatherings than most are these:

There’s always good food. And a lot of it! Family get together around the holidays always involve good, home-cooked food. It’s no wonder why, with 35 plus family members we always have plenty of great cooks and bakers. So to speak, there’s typically some kind of food you wait for every year, because no one else makes the same creampuffs, whoopie-pies, or peanut-butter fudge as Grandma, and other such delicious desserts and foods. No two are alike, with the exception of my older brother and Gram’s gravy… they both always taste amazing!

If you don’t find interest in conversation with the people your own age, there’s the option to talk with those older or younger than you, may it be an aunt or niece, grandparent or cousin.

There are many other perks to having such large family gatherings that I could probably go on and on, telling you of other wonderfully fun we have shared over the past years, however, that’s for another time and story. Another wonderful year spent with family and memories made — ta-ta for now!

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