Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always a time to look back on our lives and be thankful for all that has been provided to us. We’re thankful for the memories we’ve created with the families and friends we have. We’re thankful for the delicious food we will never be able to eat enough of. We’re thankful for the traditions that may or may not have been created on purpose! Here are some of the memories and traditions our staff is most thankful for!

I have numerous memories and traditions for Thanksgiving. One of the biggest traditions my mom and I  have is waking up around 5:00am every morning on Black Friday to get the best deals. Most people hate it, but we find it insanely fun trying to save every penny we can! We love a bargain! But my favorite part of any holiday is the fellowship I get to be a part of. Even though my family is rather small compared to most, I love spending time with them. It’s something you can’t take for granted because tomorrow is never guaranteed. – Shawn Kinard

One of our traditions is we celebrate “Thanksmas” the Saturday after Thanksgiving in West Virginia with my husband’s family and extended family of Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. It is the day we “kick off” Christmas with a white elephant gift exchange, delicious food, great football, and an enjoyable time with family that we only see annually on “Thanksmas!”- Cathy Boggs

My favorite memory for Thanksgiving was 18 years ago. It was the first thanksgiving that I was married. We invited lots of family over for dinner. My husband put the turkey on the smoker. Little did I know, the neck and giblets had to be discarded first.index He overheard me on the phone asking a relative where I would find them!!! The look on my husband’s face was priceless. I am thankful he can still put up with me 18 thanksgivings later. Now, I enjoy every second of making a flawless family Thanksgiving dinner.  – Catherine Culler

My favorite part about Thanksgiving is the time with my family; we do eat a great deal but we try to relax, take walks and take time to reflect on how blessed we are. If I had to go with a food favorite, my grandmother’s stuffing would win for my Thanksgiving side dish! Even though my grandmother joins us for the meal, my mom makes the stuffing now. It is different from your typical stuffing; it is heavier like a dressing but still has that yummy cornbread taste! – Rebecca Faulk

Some of our favorite things about Thanksgiving are:

  • Spending time with family
  • Watching the parade
  • Football games on TV and in the backyard with our now teenage boys
  • Preparing the meal is as much fun as eating it
  • The Clemson v. Carolina game! It is always a fun way to kick of Thanksgiving weekend!
  • Putting up the Christmas tree!                                     – Julie Brown

I am thankful for my mother.  She is the youngest of 10 kids and has been cooking full meals since she was 10 years old.  Every year she makes a flawless Thanksgiving meal that is on the table at 12:00pm sharp.  It’s only when you get older that you realize all the time that it takes to prepare a huge feast and how expensive it is! Turkey and all the trimmings is not cheap. 🙂 I’m 42 and I’ve never had to cook for Thanksgiving.  My mom likes to do it all.  Now that I’m married and have to spend the holidays with two sets of families, I appreciate my mother’s food even more. She just makes everything yummy!  Here’s one of my favorites that my husband specifically asked for this year:

Baked Corn

-2 cups of corn
-2 eggs well beaten
-2 cups of grated Monterrey Jack cheese
-1.5 cups of sour cream
-½ cup soft bread crumbs
-1 (4.5 oz.) can of chopped green chiles
-½ tsp salt
-¼ tsp pepper
-½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients except the cheddar cheese.  Pour into a 2 quart baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Top with cheddar cheese.  Bake 5 minutes more.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. It’s delicious! – Karen Truesdale

As I was growing up and right up to about 5 years ago, my family would travel to Huntersville, NC to my Great Grandparent’s farm.  My grandfather’s brother and sister lived there and still own about 30 acres.  My grandfather would perform the prayer and it was always remarkable and well received by all in attendance.  After the meal, we’d all go out to the pasture and shoot skeet or feed the cows (sometimes, they did not have cows).  My cousins and I would always find new things to discover in old shops and barns scattered around the property.  If the weather did not cooperate, we could always sit around and listen to my grandfather talk about farm life back during the Great Depression or my uncle’s war time experiences during World War II.  Many memories have been etched into my family there in Huntersville!  Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving on Lake Hartwell with Julie’s family and my mom as we await the annual Clemson vs. USC game! – Drew Brown

What are some of your favorite traditions or memories from Thanksgiving?

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