Thanksgiving is the perfect time to slow down and reflect on all our blessing throughout the year. With the holiday just around the corner, we spoke to some of the folks at Grubb Properties and Glen Lennox to hear what they’re thankful for this year and some of the traditions they’re looking forward to.
After the pandemic kept many families apart in 2020, almost everyone said they’re most looking forward to visiting family in 2021. There are big plans to catch up, relax and share an incredible Thanksgiving feast.
“We can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving in Chapel Hill with our family this year, especially our two daughters and two granddaughters.”
The past two years have also renewed a collective thankfulness for personal health and that of our family members.
“Every year I feel thankful for the health and well-being of my loved ones, and after the past year and a half, I’ve learned never to take it for granted.”
Staying closer to home also allowed one resident to turn neighbors into friends.
“I’m thankful for all the great friends I met at the Link Apartments® Linden over the last year. It’s so nice to have friends nearby to go for an impromptu walk or grab a cup of coffee with.”
Being able to safely gather again with loved ones means unique family traditions can be a part of the celebration once again.
“My family loves to play cards or bust out a board game. There’s no better way to bring all the generations together for some good laughs and a little friendly family competition.”
“We start Thanksgiving morning with a big breakfast. Then we watch the Macy’s Day Parade and football games while we do all the baking and cooking during the day.”
“My family created a Thanksgiving triathlon tradition years ago. My cousins and I take a bike ride together, run two miles on the beach and then jump in the ocean for a short swim. It’s a great way to work up an appetite!”
“Since we always spend Thanksgiving in the North Carolina mountains, we cut down our Christmas tree while they’re there. That way when we get home, we’re ready to start decorating for the next holiday.”
Many other family traditions revolve around the food.
“Over 100 years ago, my family started a tradition of having everyone gather for lunch. Now there are about 50 cousins who get together for Lexington-style barbeque every Thanksgiving.”
“If you ask me, dessert is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner, so my family started eating it first and that way we’re never too full for pie.”
While many of the families we talked to will serve the traditional turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes, they’ve also added their own twists to the menu, like Jell-O pretzel cake, smashed potatoes, samosas, corn pudding, and macaroni and cheese.
However you’re celebrating this year, we hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!