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The crisp fall air is all around us. Pumpkin everything is out! It must be that time of year again. Thanksgiving! I know for a lot of people this time of the year is hard. Some families are far away, some have had loved ones pass away this year. God is able to wrap his arms around us and comfort us in these times.

I know when hubby and I moved away from Indiana to another state…in another time zone, that was super hard for me. I had a two year old and a baby to keep me busy. That first year not being able to go to my Granny’s house about crushed me. I’d never, ever, missed Thanksgiving or Christmas without being there with family.

Now, it is many years later and we’ve only been back a few times or when we lived closer they came to our home, and I cooked Thanksgiving meal for all of us. I loved it! That’s something that wouldn’t have happened if we lived in the same city. Oh, I wish this year they could have come here, but with my Granny’s fall this summer, there’s no way they can make the trip. God willing, next year.

Through this we were able to set traditions with our children…ones that my kids look forward to each year and wouldn’t be possible if we hadn’t been moved away. At the time, it sure didn’t look like a blessing, except for hubby was getting back into a business he loves. Sometimes, it takes a while to see the hand of God in a situation and to be thankful, and not upset about how He’s moved in a situation.

Some of our traditions:


  • Homemade cinnamon rolls on Thanksgiving morning
  • Watching the parade together
  • Christmas music playing while cooking


What are some of your family’s traditions?



Allyson Carter About Allyson Carter

Allyson is a best-selling author who writes Christian fiction in the romantic suspense, romance, and suspense genres, sometimes a straight sweet or secular is written as well. In her books, readers will find emotionally stirring storylines, as well a compelling mixture of suspense with faith mixed in. She resides in Indiana with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. When not spending time with her family, you can find her knitting, and watching perhaps a few way too many suspense and reality television shows.


  1. I love hearing about traditions! We like to watch the parade, the football game (especially when it’s the Packers), have leftover turkey sandwiches, and refuse to go anywhere on Black Friday. 🙂

  2. Yes football for sure! See, I would love to go shopping on Black Friday but hubby always has to work the next day, so I can’t. I use to go shopping with my Mom, Aunt and Granny on Black Friday as a kid. It was so much fun. When hubby and I were dating, he thought I was crazy for going shopping then. 🙂

  3. This is beautiful, and your traditions sound so lovely! I’ve been married for about a year and a half, and we’re still figuring out our traditions. We just got a Christmas tree, so that’s definitely going to be a part of it!

  4. We are slowly starting to pick up some Thanksgiving traditions.
    Mainly around food but hey, you have to start somewhere!
    Love the idea of watching the parade together..I have never watched a Thanksgiving parade to be totally honest with you.

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