Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions: Wimmer Staff Picks

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“Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition.” - Eric Samuel Timm

Does your favorite Thanksgiving tradition include watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, taking a nap, Black Friday shopping, or simply overeating? Whatever it is, Thanksgiving as celebrated by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag in 1621 is a far cry from the way most of us spend the last Thursday in November.

We asked Wimmer Communities’ team members to share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions with us:

Tracie K. - Executive Administrator, Wimmer Corporate

Tracie said, “My family’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition is to pay our blessings forward and volunteer at our local soup kitchen. So many families are in need and it’s a blessing to be able to make so many people happy in one day!!”

Jim O. – Assistant Project Manager, Wimmer Corporate

The highlight of Jim’s Thanksgiving is the sweet potato pie for dessert, rather than traditional pumpkin pie, plus he always looks forward to the homemade cookies too. But the showstopper at Jim’s family Thanksgiving celebration is the turkey stuffing, which is made with beer! Yep, beer bread stuffing is a thing – look it up!

Marisa L. – Resident Services Coordinator, The Centennial Senior Community

Marisa said, “I have a couple Thanksgiving Traditions! One of my favorites is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning with my mom while she cooks and finishes prepping for our family meal. My family typically does a "Thanksgiving lunch" around 1 pm, so after our feast we normally watch a movie and then end up having a second thanksgiving later that night because we always have so many leftovers!”

Matt M. – Project Manager, Wimmer Corporate

Matt’s family has a very traditional family Thanksgiving celebration. Although the location changes every year because family members take turns hosting, the food stays the same. For instance, Matt’s wife always makes Brussels sprouts with bacon, while his mom “wows” everyone with a Jell-O mold. At some point during the day someone turns on the TV and everyone enjoys a football game or two.

Angie V. – Construction Administrative Assistant, Wimmer Corporate

Thanksgiving means going up north for Angie and her family. The men get their steps in by going hunting as a group during the day, while the women are busy in the kitchen doing all the cooking. At dinner time the whole group gets back together for the incredible feast!

“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” -- Nora Ephron