Remembering Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is so much about family traditions – like baking pies – two of the pie tins go back to the mid-1950s…

….getting out the 1952 wedding china….

…my oldest daughter embroidered the tablecloth in the 1960s…

….having the youngest kids check out the turkey.

This tradition began in the mid-1950s with my two pre-school children posing for the movie camera, gently poking the turkey with large forks to see if it was done.  It continued with another son and daughter in the 1960s and 1970s and now the youngest grandchildren are somewhat bewildered looking at the turkey.  Grandson is happily contemplating turkey breast, cranberry sauce and apple pie.  Granddaughter doesn’t eat anything.

We had a good Thanksgiving.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

11 thoughts on “Remembering Thanksgiving Traditions”

  1. I love pie and yours look fabulous! I like the pie tin that looks like a star – that’s pretty cool. We had pumpkin and chess pie yesterday – chess is my favorite and I have it for my birthday every single year. My daughter took over after Nana no longer made it. I love your Thanksgiving picture tradition….what a great way to record each year’s turkey and how the kids have changed. Love it!!

    1. That pie tin goes back to 1956. My mother saved labels off milk cans to get this pie tin for my toddler children to give me for Christmas. One of the pumpkin pies always goes in this one. You’re right – it gives 6 perfect slices of pie. Lillian

  2. Great traditions to hand down to the family, love the look on your grandson face. Beautiful tablecloth and hexagon pie pan. I’ve never seen one. Would you believe that I used my Franciscan Apple pattern dinnerware, those are my good dishes. We got them in 1963 our first dishes were Luray, wish I still had them now. We do have a lot in common, don’t we Lillian.. .

  3. It all looks wonderful, I am glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving. The pies are making my stomach rumble! The daisies are beautiful, it must make your table look so pretty. I am glad your grandson made the most of the delicious dinner!
    Abigail x

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