Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our Oddly Traditional Thanksgiving

For as long as I can remember it has been my family's tradition to gather the Saturday before Thanksgiving and cut firewood.

This year, since there was a great possibility of rain on that day, we decided to gather a weekend earlier. When the predicted rain didn't come we gathered again on the traditional weekend.  And since 6 days does not seem to be a sufficient amount of time to heal, the second weekend we simply added to our fall (and stumble) collection of bruises.

There's always plenty to be done, and everyone participates: men, women, and children.

There's wood to be hauled...




and unloaded.

And although it isn't the traditional Thanksgiving feast we're always happy when lunch time arrives and we can take a short break.

The first weekend it was so cold and windy we went back to the house to eat (we still had cake left from our party the night before, you can read about that here)...

but the next weekend it was back to our oddly traditional lunch in the woods.

We try not to make this a tradition, but the truth is it isn't the first time it's happened (and there's a possibility it won't be the last).

The tree was used to anchor the yellow truck...and then

the yellow truck was used to winch the tractor out...and then

the white truck was used to recharge the battery on the yellow truck when it ran down...and then

the tractor was used to pull the white truck back up the hill until it could regain traction...and then

the tractor was used to lift the yellow truck up so they could straighten the bumper out after it bent from being anchored to the tree.

Thanksgiving Day was spent in a more traditional manner.  I did all of my cooking the day before so I could watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Girls.  Later we went to my great uncle and great aunt's house for lunch and the opportunity to visit with my family. 

The next day we went to J's house for supper and the opportunity to visit with L's family.

There was no Black Friday shopping for us.  Long lines? Going all night with no sleep?  Are you kidding?  We only do that for Twilight movies!

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