Thanksgiving Table Setting, A Family Tradition

Setting the Thanksgiving Table

I was shocked when moving to Florida from Pennsylvania that the atmosphere in Florida was so very casual.  Casual enough to allow the use of paper plates and plastic forks for the Thanksgiving table setting.  I had beautiful china and crystal, silverware and linens.  There’s a place for paper and plastic, like a picnic on the 4th of July or any backyard BBQ, but not a holiday like Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving, that time when we all review our blessings and thank God for all He has provided.  We see our home, our precious family and friends before us.  We remember the loved ones that are no longer with us and thank God that we had them in our lives for a time.  We see the mighty provision of food and drink.  Thanksgiving is that special time in America when we focus on all God has given us and thank Him from the bottom of our hearts.  The food is special, the people are special,and the atmosphere we create for our loved ones should be special, too.  Therefore, I brake with the Florida tradition and use the best I have, the china, silver and crystal, for the best in my life, my family.

Sure!  It takes a little more effort, but the holiday is worth it.  I pull out the china and silver I received as wedding gifts or better yet, I pull out the china and silver my mother-in-law got for her wedding.  Now that’s special and always a pleasant surprise for my family.  I put the finest tablecloth I have on the table, pull out the best napkins, place the crystal glasses and fine serving pieces.

Flowers always adorn my table.  They can be simple so as not to take away the focus of the meal, that turkey and all the trimmings.  Here in Florida we have a double blessing of having beautiful greenery to just pick from our gardens to mix with flowers we purchase.

I’ve found that the grand children love to participate in the decor.  They find true value in learning how Oma wants the table to look and help with excitement.  Forks on the left, spoons on the right, napkins folded just so.

And it goes on, year after year, we pass down our traditions to our children.  That’s how I learned, from a Mother that loved us and sacrificed her time and effort just so our Thanksgiving was always special.  She created that holiday atmosphere that we expect and adore today.

So, friends, no matter what dishes, silverware and glasses you have at your house, please take the time to make the holiday a little more special.  Your family is worth it too.  After all, you are making memories that last for a lifetime.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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