A Typical Thanksgiving Day in the Year 1954
As the sun rises on the day before Thanksgiving, things start to happen. It is time to get ready for company that have not seen since the last holiday. There is house cleaning to be done. You would not want any kinfolk to see dust or clutter, that should be put away. Then there is the grocery shopping which is a real challenge. As the day goes by, you quickly work to get all the shopping done. As the evening creeps in, we drop in a chair exhausted and try to check the shopping list, hoping we did not forget anything. Then fall into bed for a short night of rest.
Thanksgiving day has arrived. You rise before sun up to get breakfast going and prepare the turkey for the oven. You arrange the side dishes on the buffet and don't forget the pies and cakes that every one can not live without. It's time to take a deep breath and observe the setup to make sure every thing looks good. "Well done!" You say to yourself. One last thought is, "Will the turkey be done and on time?" We are crossing fingers for good luck.
Mid-morning is here. There is a knock on the door and some company has started to arrive. You hear the greetings start to flow as they walk through the doorway. "You haven't changed a bit from last year.". "I could sell you anything. HaHa!"
Now it's time for the big event...The Thanksgiving dinner. As we sit around the table, the blessings are said, a few words of what we are thankful for and conversations begin.
Still sitting around the dinner table where most of the food has disappeared, enjoying the delicious desserts, more family conversations continues with more information from various family members.
A Little humor while chatting with family at the table:
Driving down a country road, the city slicker came upon a produce stand advertising fresh eggs. Upon investigating, he discovered two sizes of eggs. When he asked what was the difference? The farmer said, "Well, we charge a little more for the larger eggs. They are rooster eggs and they have a harder time of laying them!!"
I have really enjoyed writing this blog about some things said and done as we went through the 1950s. Wishing all the members of the WA family and the ones this is shared with, may all have a Happy Thanksgiving.