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TVTracy’s Turn: Thanksgiving Traditions

(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Tracy Kornet
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Kornet family Thanksgiving 2008
(credit: Tracy Kornet)

Dian Howell is prepping for an exhausting garage sale this weekend.

Joy Jordan’s mind is on the new Twilight movie, “Breaking Dawn 2.”

Geri McNiece can’t get her mind off buffalo meat chili.

Here it is, the last weekend before Thanksgiving, and it still feels like summer to me.

How can it possibly be time for the holidays already?

When I asked for blog inspiration on Facebook and Twitter, viewers suggested some pretty powerful themes:

Andi Kimbrough said it in one word: Israel.

Charlie Crawford lamented how commercialized the holidays are these days.

And my wonderful colleague Tami Howard Carr, who just joined us at CBS11 after taking off two years to spend with her new baby boy, reminded me of those difficult guilt-ridden days when one’s kids are little: “Being a working mom during the holidays… worked Halloween night, will
Thanksgiving too.”

It certainly makes you stop and think, or, as Danny and Deanna Goines suggests, count our blessings.

One way to do that is follow Andrea Jaxson’s advice: Talk about special Thanksgiving traditions that are unique to your family.

Mine consist of Kornet family stuffing, nut cups, and the much-maligned Talking Fork at the Thanksgiving meal. That’s when Mama Tracy embellishes a special utensil and forces its passing from person to person, insisting everyone share something for which they’re thankful.

It made me realize how we could use a few more traditions in our family.

Anything to help us savor and slow down the precious days that seem to speed on by.

So please, share…what traditions are unique to your family?

I plan to steal your idea.

And if you pass the Talking Fork–or buffalo meat–around your Thanksgiving table, promise you’ll share that too?