Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Thanksgiving Tablecloth

There are several things about Thanksgiving we love... The gathering of family, the delicious food, (each family member having a favorite which Mom makes especially for them, my favorite being the butternut squash.) and sharing Christmas gift giving ideas... And we all look forward to the Thanksgiving Tablecloth.

The tradition began in 2000. I think i read about it in Family Fun magazine. It's a tablecloth you CAN write on. The idea being that each family member writes down what they're thankful for. Some family members add poetic verse, some draw pictures, some add silly comments and some just add a "Ditto" (I'm lookin' at you son... He doesn't like to write much. Everything he does write is generated on a computer screen.)

It's so enjoyable to spend a brief period before the table gets set to take time to read the many messages from years past and then take some time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for over the current year. All of the messages are precious, but the ones that really grab my heart, are those my Father-in-law added before he passed away 4 years ago.

This was the first year my 5 yr. old niece was here with us and old enough to add her own mark to the tablecloth... A picture, of Ariel... of course.

When it came time for dinner she especially worried that her dad might slop food on her picture.

The tradition continues.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Belle (from Life of a...) said...

What a terrific idea. Do you purchase some special cloth or just any plain white tablecloth?

11:48 AM, November 28, 2008  
Blogger EmBee said...

Hi Belle,
The tablecloth we use is just a general tablecloth which has a snowflake print on it. It's not very easy to write on and the snowflakes make it more difficult but it's what we had on hand at the time.

I think it would be much more preferable to use a cloth with a tight weave and no pattern.
:-)

2:04 PM, November 28, 2008  
Blogger Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I left something for you over on my blog.

2:02 PM, November 30, 2008  
Blogger Stacie said...

What an AWSOME idea! I LOVE this!
Stacie

4:14 PM, November 30, 2008  
Anonymous Christy said...

What am awesome idea! Can I steal it? The kids must love to be able to actually write on something that they normally wouldn't be allowed to!

8:43 AM, December 01, 2008  
Blogger lime said...

what a wonderful tradition. i LOVE that idea.

and as i am arriving late, congratulations on you 25th anniversary. what a marvelous example to those around you to still be able to say you're best friends.

3:21 PM, December 01, 2008  
Blogger Katy said...

This is such a fabulous idea, I'm going to adopt it as of tonight for Grandmother's 93rd birthday. We will make it the "holiday" tablecloth. Awesome! Thanks!

11:46 PM, December 02, 2008  
Blogger EmBee said...

Hang on Belle, I'll be over to check it out!
<:-)

Go for it Stacie!
:-)

Steal away Christy, I hope the kids have a great time with it!
;-)

Hey Lime, it doesn't even come close to your lovely quilts as family heirlooms but none of us are quilters... and thanks for the congrats.
:-)

Hi Katy and Awesome for your granny, I'm glad you found this post in time.
;-)

9:12 PM, December 03, 2008  

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