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Thanksgiving Italian Style a Tradition Remembered a Lifetime

Updated on June 5, 2011

Not a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal It is if Your Doing it Italian Style


It's All About Giving Thanks, Family, and Lots of Food

Having been married with an Italian mother in law Thanksgiving would never be the same because along with giving thanks, it was all about family and more food than you could eat in a week. It was a tradition that she bestowed upon us that will be remembered a lifetime. How do I know? Because it’s been over 30 years and I can remember it like it was yesterday.

I was reading a great hub the other day on an Italian restaurant by one of my favorite writers which triggered memories of some of the best Thanksgivings ever. You should check out the hub especially if your anywhere near Houston, just click on great Italian restaurant.

Although I’m sure Thanksgivings are special no matter what nationality you are, those celebrated Italian style seem to be so memorable, (wow I actually couldn't find the right word to describe it). It was the day that no matter what your troubles were or grievances you had with someone they were set aside and everyone just really seemed to show that unconditional love and appreciation for one another. It wasn’t like there was a rule or anything set in stone, it was just something that felt right and seemed to come so naturally. Looking back it is something I wish we had done more often. There was no excuses, you never made other plans. You just knew that’s what you were doing and made sure you wore the right stretchy clothes so you could eat until you were ready to burst.


Enough Food for an Army

Of course when we think of Thanksgiving we almost always think of turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, etc. When your celebrating Italian style you not only have all the usual entrees and deserts, but a whole menu full of Italian cuisine fit for a king. I’m talking lasagna, antipasto, stuffed shells, meatballs (my favorite), bruschetta, eggplant parmigiana, pasta enough to fill the pool, cheeses, etc. It took this huge table plus part of the kitchen and another table to make room for all of the food she had prepared, and although we were allowed to help a little with the minor things, everything else from spicing to tossing was hands off.

Her husband use to tell us when she wasn't around to hear how she had been prepping food for a week and up all night just to make this one meal (that lasted all day) happen. Even when it wasn't a holiday she would get up at 5am to make sauce because she had to cook it for awhile, then sit so all the flavors could be absorbed, then simmer again. My husband at the time use to ask why I didn't get up at 5am to make him sauce. I told him if he wanted sauce at 5am he could get his butt up and make it himself or go visit mom. What's really ironic is now I get up at 5am sometimes to make dog food, and you wonder why that marriage didn't last .lol


What Matters Most

My point is that it was a day that no matter what lengths you had to go to for it to happen you did it without questioning it, or looking for excuses not to go. It was if that day for those few hours nothing else mattered but family, food and saying thanks

Does your family have one of those days? You know it doesn't have to be a holiday or Italian style. It can be anytime you want as long as the only thing that matters is your all together and for that day show unconditional love and appreciation for each other, and most of all say thanks. Try it, who knows you may end up like me and miss your mother in law more than your X (just kidding-I think)

Have an incredible day and talk to you soon.


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Eiddwen I'm so glad your back because I can't wait to read your hubs about your holiday Thanks for dropping by your comments and votes Talk to you soon

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A great hub , I thoroughly enjoyed this one and thanks for sharing.

      I vote up and up all the way.

      Take care


    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Apostle Jack You are so right about that I have a gratitude rock to remind me in case I start slacking off a little. I know it's quirky but it helps Thanks for dropping by and your wonderful comment,

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      Apostle Jack 

      7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I thank everyday is for thanksgiving and that there is no certain day to give thanks.Every day something occur whereas we need to be thankful....tomorrow may never come.Think God for the moment.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy Thanks for letting me know I fixed the link I don't know what happened but I just checked it and it works now, and thanks for the link. It's a great hub and deserved mentioning for all the great memories. I am an only child also and by myself so it's usually the horses, dogs (right now a bunch of dogs), and me It was great being able to be a part of their family and celebrations they had. Thanks for dropping by your great comments and the votes. Talk to you soon.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Just put a link to this hub in mine regarding your latest comment. You have such great memories even if you do not have that meatball recipe.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! Thanks for the link and mention although the link did not seem to work when I clicked it.

      Sounds like it would be fun to be part of a family tradition like that! We don't have children and my husband was an only child and my entire nuclear family is now our family that is anywhere nearby consists of our 2 cats and 1 dog.

      Fortunately a fairly new neighbor across the street invited us to be a part of last Thanksgiving's family get together as well as Easter. His family is of Italian heritage and hers...Greek. She preps and prepares meals days in advance and food is abundant much like you described. She also makes homemade pastas, etc.

      When my nuclear family was still alive and we had grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. my family's home was the gathering spot for the more traditional turkey, stuffing, veggies, pies, etc. My parents also included friends who had nowhere else to it was always a relatively large gathering which dwindled over time as our family shrunk in size.

      Thanks for sharing your great memories. Voted up, awesome and beautiful!


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