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My Family’s Best Thanksgiving Day Tradition Is All About Christmas

My Family’s Best Thanksgiving Day Tradition Is All About Christmas


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Nothing beats a couch, a pie, and a Christmas movie on Thanksgiving.

I never thought of my family as one for holiday traditions. Sure, we decorate the house while munching on cheese and shrimp cocktail every year, and we always play Yankee Swap on Christmas Eve, but to me, that was just standard holiday fare, not a bona fide tradition. Now, of course, after some reflection, I’ve realized that while doing the same Christmas tree hunt every year and baking the same German cookies are traditions, my family’s best Christmas tradition technically takes place on another holiday. Every Thanksgiving evening, we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and it’s the best tradition of them all.

For those unfamiliar with this particular holiday film, it follows the Griswold family in their nondescript Chicago suburb home. In the name of having a “good old-fashioned family Christmas,” Chevy Chase’s Clark W. Griswold invites the entire extended family over for the holidays, and obviously hijinks ensue. The movie doesn’t have a direct plot per se, it’s just holiday vignettes loosely tied up over a storyline of a holiday bonus and an annoying second cousin, but it’s the perfect balance of timeless physical comedy and family-related jokes.


I’m not sure when we started watching Christmas Vacation after Thanksgiving dinner. It goes back for as long as I can remember, though I’m sure we didn’t do it when I was a little kid. But every year, when we’d come home from Grandma’s house or finish up dinner at our house, my dad would light a fire, those of age would crack open a beer or bottle of wine, and we’d all eat pumpkin pie and watch Christmas Vacation.

These days, my family doesn’t typically spend Thanksgiving together. I spend it in New York with my husband and cat. My brother spends the holiday in Cincinnati with his in-laws. No matter where we are though, at the end of the day, after the leftover bits of turkey have been stored in the fridge, we all sit down on the couch, serve ourselves an ample portion of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and watch Christmas Vacation.

Our continued tradition of watching this particular film isn’t necessarily a tradition we all consciously chose to maintain even when we’re hundreds of miles away from one another. As a family, though, we all just have really similar senses of humor and decided that Christmas Vacation is the perfect movie to kick off the Christmas season. From the road rage that opens the film to Cousin Eddie emptying out his septic system into a public sewer to Clark’s epic rant at the end of the movie, nothing quite encompasses the madness of the Christmas season quite like Christmas Vacation. And it’s the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit, even if it is technically still a different holiday.

For more quality family time ideas for the holidays, check out these 10 Thanksgiving traditions from around the country.

Carolyn Menyes is the entertain and holidays editor at The Daily Meal. Her life goal is to go to Walley World. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”


Celebrate Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Meet Christy Rost Every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions from the dinner menu to the activities during the day. Christy Rost, host of the holiday special “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving” shares her personal family memories surrounding the holidays in this guest post. Christy’s holiday special airs on many PBS stations as well as CreateTV. Share your own family’s Thanksgiving traditions in the comments! By Christy Rost Thanksgiving has always been precious in our home because it centers on family and friends gathered around the table – some traveling home from thousands of miles away, and others just a short walk down the street. It’s a time to reunite, catch up with loved ones, and be grateful for one of the most precious blessings of the year – those we cherish. Christy has a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories of childhood Thanksgivings spent with grandparents in Pittsburgh or in our family home often in faraway cities, is one reason I get tingly all over in anticipation. Each Thanksgiving morning, my mother would prepare the turkey and stuffing, standing at the kitchen counter in her robe and slippers, while my sisters and I watched the parades on television. The aromas of herbs and freshly chopped onion and celery are so integral to my memory of long ago holidays, I’m transported back even now when I catch a whiff of those fragrances. When my sisters and I were grown, I was amazed to discover each of us spends Thanksgiving morning in our robe and slippers, watching the parades on TV as we prepare the turkey for our own families – just as our mother still does.

Decorating the Home for the Holidays

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

In our home, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a table groaning with family-favorite dishes such as Southern Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Autumn Roasted Vegetables, followed by my traditional dessert buffet. Tradition is an important part of any holiday, but especially so during Thanksgiving. Serving a favorite aunt’s holiday salad or grandmother’s stuffing recipe creates food memories when we are young, memories that often remain throughout our lives. Creating these recipes each year connects us with family members who came before us, and provides a source of continuity, cultural heritage, rich conversation, and sharing of memories around the table. All the same, I firmly believe there’s room for new favorites each year, some of which will ultimately become family traditions. Get the recipe for Christy's southern cornbread When the turkey is juicy and golden brown, ready to be carved, and all the side dishes await serving, we gather at the table in the glow of candlelight and ask a blessing, thankful for the chance to be together and the many gifts we’ve been given throughout the year. The mood is festive, eyes twinkle in anticipation of the feast before us, and in my heart I say a silent “thank you.” Now, who wants a drumstick? Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is lifestyle expert, cooking host, cookbook author and home design pro. She is also the host of the PBS special, “A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving.”

What are your family traditions involving Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check out other Thanksgiving content from PBS on the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.”



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