Surprising Thanksgiving traditions from Holiday Retirement
Every November, families, friends and neighbors across the country come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a universal holiday, but no two gatherings are precisely the same. Some have pumpkin pie, while others opt for sweet potato pie. Some celebrations are intimate, others sprawling. And out of all of that, traditions emerge.
We’ve collected a few fun traditions from Holiday Retirement residents and communities. Read up and see how they compare to your favorite holiday pastimes.
Irene DeGiuseppi, a resident at Holiday Retirement’s Golden Oaks, takes the prize for the most surprising main course. When Irene was a young girl, her parents decided it would be a great idea to buy a live turkey. The plan was that her father would kill the turkey on Thanksgiving and the family would have a fresh bird. This tradition continued for a few years, but the family never ate turkey during that time. When it came right down to it, Irene’s father would go outside, but just couldn’t bring himself to kill the bird. The turkey would cock its head and look at him, and the family would end up dining on spaghetti instead. Eventually, the family gave up the notion of fresh turkey, but the memories still stand out.
Meanwhile, Holiday Retirement’s Hunters Pointe has its own annual fun with a turkey shoot. Though in this case, the turkeys and weapons are fake and the main course always ends up as actual poultry. It’s the kind of tradition that works up the appetite and amps up the laughter.
The fun and funky traditions were all in the family for Hazel Guimond, a resident at Holiday Retirement’s University Pines. A couple of members of Hazel’s family made traditions all their own. Every year, Hazel’s father would make the same announcement to the family: “Please don’t spill on the tablecloth. We need it for the bed tonight!” Hazel’s brother-in-law left the one-liners to the family expert, but he did institute traditional garb. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, he would wear a pretty pink shirt his wife had given him as a gift. That shirt stayed in the closet every other day of the year, but as far as Hazel knows, her brother-in-law, now 96-years-old, still has his trusty holiday shirt.
At Holiday Retirement, we’re family too, and we work to make the holidays — and every other day — a time for memories and laughter. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
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