Another Thanksgiving has passed. I really, really don’t like thinking about the 300+ days until Thanksgiving comes again! Good thing we have these images to remind us of our heritage and those that love us! I felt the theme for this Thanksgiving in particular was ‘Bless This House.’ The reason being is because our group which normally sings this song was not present this year….at least in person! They uploaded a video for us to watch and we all sang along! To be honest, I had chills! I had LOTS of chills! I tried to upload them singing this song to accompany the slide show but I just couldn’t do it. I’ll admit I am not that technically savvy! But, I borrowed a version from Perry Como and I am sure he wouldn’t mind! I asked Maree, one of my 2nd cousins and ‘member’ of the group, where they had learned this song. Her response? ‘Well, I’m not really sure. We just always grew up singing it.’ Now, if I know her mama, and I did, Aunt Vivian taught them this song because of its words. She wanted to impress upon them the importance of family. To me, it’s almost as scriptural as the Lord’s Prayer. If that is sacrilege then I am sorry. But, as you watch the slide show, do me a favor and think long and hard about the words. Not just from a ‘house’ perspective but the analogy of family being a ‘house’. It’s a beautiful thing!
For those of you interested in statistics, we were all NOT present this year but still had 129 people; this includes family members and guests! We are a prolific group, aren’t we?
And, for those of you who are viewing our ‘Thanksgiving’ for the first time, here are a few things you should know:
* We rent out a retreat center every year so we can have everyone at the same spot…TOGETHER!
* We have tables of food and desserts!
* We introduce new family members before lunch as well as singing and praying together!
* We have a prayer meeting after dinner on Thanksgiving day. It is here we pray, sing and enjoy each other’s talents!