Our Thanksgiving Memories- Natalie

I just went from awwwwing at Teri's entry to laughing out loud at Tammy's Thanksgiving memories! I hope you are enjoying them, too. I don't have a food drive or a flying animal story- my favorite memories of Thanksgiving are good ole fashion "To Grandmother's house we go!" My Granny used to host Thanksgiving every year at her small home. I just remember walking in and smelling the WONDERFUL smells and walking into a kitchen where her little 4 ft. 10 inch stance was creating a masterpiece! She is from the deep south and literally, could have had her own restaurant. She is amazing!!!! All the grandkids would pile on top of each other in her little living room. We would laugh, poke fun at each other, and catch up on what was going on in each other's lives. The parents would sit around the table and talk. I loved watching the football games because that meant the start of Christmas commercials!!! I would watch for my favorite toy to come on TV. Since my Husband and I have had a home, we have started a tradition of giving back. Now every year we are blessed to have both sides of our families come together and eat at our home. My mother helps with the cooking (thankfully) and my husband roasts the turkey! We enjoy getting up early together and starting the day of giving to the family.

I also have a tradition each year of writing in my journal what I am most grateful for that year. I love to look back over the years and see what was important to me then and add what is important to me now.

Unfortunately, my Granny has passed away. We still honor her with a candle on our table, along with one for my husband's mother. It's a nice tradition and helps us feel they are with us. Even though they are enjoying a feast of all feasts in heaven!

Traditions are important. They make us feel a part of something. I hope you will start your own traditions if you haven't. And continue with the ones you have.

Thank you for reading! We wish you the most blessed Thanksgiving you could imagine! God bless!

Written by Natalie Chandler

*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC, LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.