Three Gifts of Tradition

This week’s Joy Dare Challenge prompt is to name three gifts of tradition. This one is easy.

20131120-194512.jpg447. Thanksgiving Hoo-Ha. Superman and I have been hosting 30 or so family and friends for A Thanksgiving Hoo-Ha Weekend. My family comes from all over the country. Now most of my friends gasp at the idea of hosting that many people for a whole weekend, but the Higgins family LOVE it! Last year, Mary Claire brought two exchange students from Ghana. It was so much fun to share our holiday traditions with them and watch them experience so many firsts.

20131120-194759.jpg448. Thanksgiving feast. To keep it easy and because I only have a single oven, I order two or three turkeys from a local restaurant. My mother-in-law brings her famous pound cake, cornbread dressing (for the southerns in the crowd), and broccoli casserole. I will finish the menu out with sweet potato casserole with pecans on one half and marshmallows on the other, mashed potatoes, green beans, glazed carrots, macaroni-n-cheese, deviled eggs, fresh fruit salad, and dinner rolls. My sisters and nieces will add their favorite pies and desserts. Yum! It’s the same every year…easy.

20131120-195541.jpg449. Space to eat. People can eat in the dining room, kitchen, den, downstairs or on a pretty day, outside. There’s plenty of room.

20131120-195820.jpg450. Bocci Ball. Our tummies are full and we all need some fresh air. We have been blessed with beautiful weather for six years, so we head out to the front yard for a big bocci ball tournament. Everyone participates, whether you are six years old or 83!

20131120-200514.jpgPlayers put money in the pot and teams are formed by names drawn from a hat. Scores are kept. Measurements are taken and one team will prevail taking home the winnings!

20131120-201343.jpg451. Trivial Pursuit. This tradition has been going on for about 25 years. In the first 20 years, the girls dominated. Then these same sweet girls married some really smart men. One year my uncle from N.J. couldn’t make it to the Hoo-Ha, but we were sure to include him by calling him for a “Call-a-Friend” during Trivial Pursuit. We’ve added more current questions, much to the chagrin of my mom….she likes the old school topics.

20131120-203331.jpg452. Skeet Shoot.To avoid the Black Friday shoppers, we head to the farm for a good ol’ skeet shoot. Superman gives a safety briefing, so no one gets hurt.




20131120-204332.jpg453. Paintball. The guys and some very brave girls battle it out on the paintball fields. Aaron brings his ghetto sweatpants from Pittsburg, which are worn only on this one day of the year. Superman wears his “Mess with me, You mess with the whole trailer park” t-shirt. This is a quality group.

20131120-205009.jpg454. The Ottoman. Another fine tradition in this family is putting the boyfriend/fiancé on the ottoman in the middle of the room with the entire group circled around. Every single person has the opportunity to ask this new friend a question. It’s all in good fun, with no malice intended. We just want to see if this new dude is up for the task of putting up with us hooligans. Unfortunately, the newest fiancé won’t be able to make it this thanksgiving. No worries….it’s ok, we’ll get him next time.

20131120-205438.jpg455. Football. We bring out the Mexican dips, buffalo wings and other noshing foods and watch us some football. Go Team! That’s me doing a little cheer! (Such a dork.)

20131120-210419.jpg456. My family. I am so thankful that this group of funny, loving, beautiful people.
What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Thanks for dropping by!


4 thoughts on “Three Gifts of Tradition

  1. Mary, thank you for sharing your family and your life with us. What a fun time you have on Thanksgiving! You make me smile! I thought I was looking forward to seeing my family… sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, nieces, and nephews…. but now I am REALLY looking forward to spending time with them. I only get to see some of them at Thanksgiving every other year. Family is so important. Susan

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