American ex-pats will celebrate wherever they live. In some countries, it's hard to find the necessary foods, such as cranberry sauce, and even whole turkeys. But no matter where we live, we try our best to reproduce the menu and good feelings of this favorite holiday.
It is a family holiday and we like to involve family members who attend. It's a time when we create special family memories.
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Here are some tips for working family history into your turkey festival this year.
- Print out a large family tree so each person can find their name on the tree.
- Ask each guest to bring a copy of an old photo, even if the people are unidentified. Someone else at the table might recognize that photo.
- Encourage each person to share a story of an immigrant ancestor.
- Have each guest bring a chart of their immediate family, adding in new babies, marriages as well as the deaths of immediate family members.
- Record your guests speaking about their families, but make sure to get their permission to record them.
- Take video and photos of all the guests and share them. Use your smartphones, tablets, video recorders and all of today’s technology.
- Make sure to upload these videos and photographs to your MyHeritage family site.
Specifically for the children:
- Have the younger guests write a poem about the holiday and sing the words to a well-known melody. Make sure to record the songs.
- Have younger guests interview older guests:
- What was Thanksgiving like when you were my age? What did you eat?
- What was your favorite game or toy?
- What was your favorite story your grandparents told you?
Collect all the photographs, the written stories of immigrant ancestors, and family charts to produce a guest album to be shared with all the guests.
These tips are good for all holidays when family gathers.
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