Where have all the traditions gone?

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By Carolyn Risner

It's becoming more apparent that soon I will be the last hold-out for sentimentality and tradition.

Starting with Thanksgiving dinner.

Dressing, to go with the turkey, is a necessity–whether you like it or not.

Ditto the pumpkin pie.

I had neither last week.

I was part of a group of people who decided a potluck dinner was the easiest solution.

Neither dressing nor pie was my responsibility.

I wish it had been.

It didn't feel like Thanksgiving without the two things that evoke childhood memories and make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

And we had (gasp!) instant mashed potatoes.

Thank goodness there was gravy to mask the (non) flavor.

Next year will be different.



I think I am one of the few who still decorates my tree in the traditional manner.

On it you will find ancient ornaments, crocheted angels and ones lovingly made by my children over the years. Unfortunately mice got into the ones made from flour years ago.

Each ornament tells a story and again, brings happier times to mind.

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