:: C R E A T I V E G E N E ::: Carnival of Genealogy, 112th Edition

Welcome to the December 4, 2011 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. We’re writing about Thanksgiving holidays of yesteryear and we have some GREAT stories here! This is a terrific edition of the COG but I must warn you, when you read these articles you’re likely to suffer from cravings, smiles, belly aches, snacking, and of course, your mouth will start to water. It’s unavoidable. But you’ll love them! Thanksgiving is America’s most food-centric holiday so it goes without saying that these stories are about good eats. But that’s not all. Come along then and see what I mean. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, (I believe it’s white that goes with poultry, no?) and pull up a chair up to the dinner table. The Carnival is back in town!



Bill West presents EATING AT THE KIDS’ TABLE posted at West in New England, saying, “Some good memories about childhood Thanksgiving, and one teenage memory of a forgotten turkey”

Kristin Cleage Williams presents Thanksgiving – 1991, Idlewild, Michigan posted at Finding Eliza, saying, “Memories of our snowy Thanksgiving in the Michigan north woods. Fifteen people, a 29 pound turkey with all the trimmings and lots of passionate discussion. Does Thanksgiving get any better?”

Heather Wilkinson Rojo presents A Most Memorable Thanksgiving posted at Nutfield Genealogy, saying, “It was a Thanksgiving full of power outages, uncooked turkey, and bad weather, but it ended up being everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving (except for my Mom, the hostess, who remembers it with great horror!)”

Dorene Paul presents Aunt Alpha hosted the Steen Family Thanksgiving in 1927 posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, “Dorene from Ohio reflects on the Steen family Thanksgiving in 1927, which included families from both the city and the country.”

Julie Goucher presents Carnival Of Genealogy 112 – An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving posted at Anglers Rest, saying, “Imaginings of a First Thanksgiving.”

Denise Olson presents A Tale of Two Turkeys posted at Moultrie Creek Gazette, saying, “In our family, turkey used to be a staple at both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Not anymore! Here’s why . . .”

Jasia presents Thanksgiving in Detroit posted at Creative Gene. Most people think of automobiles and Motown records when they think of Detroit but we are also known for one heck of a grand Thanksgiving Day parade! Come read about my childhood memories of the parade and Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Oh, and I’ve got pictures! :-)

Karen Hammer presents Ancestor Soup: Pink Bowl posted at Ancestor Soup, saying, “The Pink Bowl has been a constant at our holidays dinners since the late 1950s or early 1960s. So far, five generations have eagerly anticipated whatever the cook placed in it.”

Katie Pirolt presents Thanksgiving Traditions posted at Katie’s Grove, saying, “I interviewed my mom, aunt and uncle about what Thanksgiving was like for them growing up. The family was very large and my grandmother and great grandmother worked and prepared for a week to make the dinner special. The big traditional thanksgivings lasted from the 50′s all the way up to the late 70′s until the children all moved out and started traditions of their own.”

Carol presents An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, the 112th Carnival of Genealogy posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, “Old fashioned or traditional, or both? A review of our families and our “traditions” reveal some that are old fashioned, and some that are new. New, old, traditional, old fashioned, all that really matters is giving thanks. Of course, we really enjoy the food part of our traditions, don’t you?”

Charles Hansen presents An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving for COG 112 posted at Mikkel’s Hus, saying, “Sine I do not like pumpkin pie I got my choice of pie every year, most times apple, but sometimes mincemeat. mmm”

Frances Ellsworth presents An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, the 112th Carnival of Genealogy posted at Branching Out Through The Years, saying, “Good memories.”

Joan Hill presents COG 112 – An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving: 1960, The First Thanksgiving At Hungry Hollow posted at Roots’n'Leaves, saying, “Tho the year was 1960, in many ways it felt like 1860 — a time when we seemed to value the simple ways of country life.”

Cynthia Shenette presents Holidays Are Like People… posted at Heritage Zen:, saying, “People change and holidays change the way people do, so I decided to write about how my Thanksgiving holidays have changed over the years.”

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Well, didn’t I tell you it would make your mouth water? I just love this edition. The authors all deserve a big round of applause for recording all the memories of old fashioned Thanksgivings. Bravo! )( )( )( )( I laughed, I sighed, and my mouth watered. Great writing, all!

Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the COG will be: A Charles Dickens Christmas. We’re going to borrow Charles Dickens’ idea and have some visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. First show us a photo from a Christmas/Hanuka/Kwanzaa past and tell us what you know about it (or just share a story about a past holiday if you don’t have a photo to share). Then share a photo from your Christmas/Hanuka/Kwanzaa celebration this year (it can be a photo of holiday lights, a tree, etc., it doesn’t have to have people in it) and tell us something about how you’ll be celebrating the holiday this year. And lastly, write about a future Christmas and how you’d like to celebrate it. (Feel free to let your imaginations go on this one!) Write up your visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future and submit them to the Carnival of Genealogy. The deadline is January 1st.

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Thanks for another wonderful poster, fM!

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