Good morning. I wrote and scheduled this post for today before the events of yesterday unfolded. Now, it seems so trivial to talk about this when so many others are deeply hurting. My heart is heavy today. It seems like a violent event is playing out on the TV every time I turn around. This world we are living in makes it challenging to keep your faith, especially in light of what happened In a small town church in Sutherland yesterday. Still I pray. I am praying for our world and especially for anyone who has been touched by yesterday’s violence. I pray that the Lord will bring His peace and comfort to all those who are hurting. And friend, I pray for you too, that you will continue to have faith and reach out to others in love. We could all use a little more of that today.
Hi there! I so glad you’ve stopped by today. You know, writing this blog has not always been easy. I don’t always have topics jumping out at me. However from the first day of starting this blog, I knew I wanted to write a post about our family’s Thanksgiving tablecloth tradition. It’s one of those things that I love about my family. I also feel like it’s a tradition that could be so meaningful in lots of families. So, that’s what I’m sharing today ~ my family’s Thanksgiving tablecloth tradition.
As a child I looked forward to Thanksgiving every year. It wasn’t the food I was excited about ~ although it was really good ~ it was the family reunion that happened each year. I come from a large, Irish, Catholic family. My grandparents were from big families. They had seven children. Their children had large families. You can imagine with all the aunts, uncles, cousins how large this reunion could be. Sixty people would not have been uncommon. Each year from near and far we would all descend on my great-aunt’s home for a day of eating, visiting, and football game watching. It was awesome! This gave birth to my cherished Thanksgiving tablecloth tradition.
The tablecloth tradition has always been a special family tradition. I am not sure when it started. I’m guessing it was some time in the 1970s. We asked all guests to sign the tablecloth as they arrived. You could only sign it once. So, you signed as a child with your sweet children’s handwriting, that’s the one that you kept. Some people would print and some would add their signature. After the holiday, my great-aunt and others would then needlepoint over the ink to add that person’s name permanently. You didn’t have to be family to sign. Anyone who celebrated Thanksgiving with us was invited to sign. Over the years the tablecloth became a record of who visited as well as a remembrance of loved ones that had passed on. It is a treasure, to say the least.
In the picture above, you can see the hand print that my oldest son traced onto the tablecloth. Nearby is my father’s signature. He passed away earlier this year, so it is nice to have that memory. Also, in that pic. is the signature of my high school boyfriend. I wonder whatever happened to him? It’s fun to see the kids’ names and then as years passed, the girls added their new married last names. Don’t you think this is just so sweet?
Well, my great aunt has long since passed, as has her daughter. However, the tablecloth lives on and has been handed down over the years. I loved this tradition so much, that I brought it to life in my family. Now each year when my family gathers for this special holiday, we pull out our own tablecloth. We have also asked loved ones to sign it. And though we are not nearly as prompt at getting all the signatures sewn in, this tradition lives on.
I have a lot of wonderful traditions in our family. I think traditions are the things that endure and make special memories. Perhaps by sharing this tradition from my home to yours, I might inspire you to carry on in your own family or maybe create a special one all your own. And just so you know, yes, I’ve really started my own family Thanksgiving tablecloth.
As a footnote to this post, there was an article in the Dallas Morning News about this tablecloth. I wanted to give you a link to the article; however, I have not been able to locate it. If any of you are subscribers, perhaps you can locate it. John Davenport wrote the article.
So, do you have any special family traditions? I’d love to hear about them, so leave me a comment below. Also, if you have any amazing recipe ideas, I’d really love those!
Until next time~