Thanksgiving Favorites….Kim’s Blog Party!!

Every Tuesday through Christmas Kim at Deliberate Hope  is Hosting a Blog Party.  Each week she is giving us a topic and we are writing our posts.  Make sure to check out her blog, we are all playing with Mr. Linky so you should get a wide variety of Favorite Thanksgivings to read!  Enjoy and I am praying you all have a great Thanksgiving.  Please try and remember that we really do have so much to be thankful for.  I know it is hard in these times but I know that if we all sit back and look at it we are so blessed.

One of My Favorite Thanksgivings

In 1989 I turned 21 and moved to Reno.  I went to work for a casino.  I had only lived in Reno for 2 months and it was almost Thanksgiving.  The casinos in the 80s and 90s really had great benefits and perks for their employees.  At Thanksgiving and Christmas they gave their employees frozen turkeys.

My roommate and I each got a turkey.  Neither of us had family in the area.  We had no clue what we would do with 2 turkeys.  I got to thinking about our friends.  Reno is a 24/7 town.  You have friends that work all hours of the day and night and all holidays.  A lot of them are single and don’t have family locally.  So we decided to host Thanksgiving dinner for all of our friends. 

A friend donated their turkey.  So now we had 3.  We cooked 3 separate dinners.  One for each shift, 9 am for the graveyard crews, 5 pm for normal day shift employees and the fun one at 2 am for the swing shifters.  For about 24 hours we had a rotating door of friends and even people we had never meet before coming in to eat Thanksgiving dinner.  It was so fun.  It was like having more family then the Many Meadows

The next day my roommate and I arose, tired and sore.  We found that the kitchen had been cleaned, the trash had been taken out and we actually had some bologna and cheese in the fridge for lunch.  Trust me after 3 Thanksgiving dinners in one 24 hour period, a turkey sandwich was not an option. 

Sometimes in life when you are separated from your family, you have to make your own.  If you are alone or know someone that is going to be alone this holiday season think about adding a chair to your table.

Praying that you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving!! 


Published in: on November 24, 2008 at 10:24 pm  Comments (13)  

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  1. Just stopped by for Kim’s blog party. I love your favorite Thanksgiving memory. That was so sweet of y’all to do for everyone… and lots of work.

    You’re right. The times are hard, but we are blessed. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  3. As one who has not spent the holidays with my family in many years, I totally agree with you…find someone else who is alone for the holidays and share it with them. Thanks for your story.

  4. Hi Theresa,

    Thanks for visiting my blogs and for your kind comments. This is a wonderful thanksgiving story and a memory I’m sure for all those who came to all three dinners!


  5. We are adding a chair to our table this Thursday for a friend. My family is in GA, but Kris’ dad is coming out to celebrate. And, I must admit – I love the craps table. Love it.

    Great memory!

  6. This is a great memory. A good reminder to all of us to welcome others to join us. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. That is such a great story of being open-hearted! I love it!

    I am so grateful for people who have shared their home and family with us when we were away from our family at holidays! I try to do the same because I know how much it means.

    Oh, and I BET bologna and cheese never tasted as good as it did that day.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Now that is cool!! What a great memory — for everyone!!

  9. Great story! And so “Teresa!” You must have posted the button after I wrote my other “shout-out” post. I’ll give you serious props later this week!

    3 turkey dinners. only in America.

    Love ya!

  10. Wow. What an awesome memory! I never would have thought to do something like that. (Of course I also don’t know how to cook a turkey.) Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. SO GREAT! What an awesome thing you did! LOVE IT! Hope to see you again soon!

  12. Great story! The ManyMeadows are up to 21 for this meal and 2 of our kids and families won’t even be here! haha

    I love large family gatherings…..and whoever comes IS family! 🙂

  13. This is so you.. Giving yourself for others.

    I love so you Ms. T, I wish I was close enough to give you a squeeze but

    just know I gave you ehugs and ekisses girlie!!

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