I know that for several years when I was really young we would go to my grandparents’ house for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don’t remember when we stopped doing that, but know that I was pretty young. I loved being with my grandparents, loved being with my aunts and uncles too. I think we stopped going for Thanksgiving before cousins started coming. I remember that since both sets of grandparents lived in the same town, we would do a big lunch at one house and a big dinner at the other.

I know one year Mom just had one of my brothers, and my aunt decided to take me for a couple of weeks to give Mom a break. My grandmothers took me home for a couple of days after they had come to meet my baby brother. I think my aunt stayed with my grandparents a couple of days, and then I went to my aunt’s house. She’s my favorite aunt, always has been. I know I took my schoolwork but I don’t think we really did much of it. I remember we were busy planning and getting ready for Thanksgiving. We had Thanksgiving with her husband’s family, and then went to my grandparents the following day.

I remember one year we went to have Thanksgiving with some friends in South Carolina. These were friends who also had a number of children. I remember the dads taking us to some kind of flea market the day after Thanksgiving.

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