For many, Thanksgiving is a time to meet with family and friends for a traditional meal, fun and fellowship. Most all of us have many fond memories of Thanksgivings’ past and have our own traditions for celebrating the holiday. Since Figi’s is a company specializing in helping people make long-lasting holiday memories and traditions, we in particular understand the importance holidays like Thanksgiving hold for our customers as well as ourselves.
I thought it would be fun to interview some Figi’s employees to get there reflections on Thanksgiving. They agreed to allow me to share their thoughts with you and I hope you enjoys their responses.
Do you have any fond memories of Thanksgiving from your childhood? Brenda: as a kid, we always went to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. We had the traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings and boy did Grandma make the best stuffing ever! The whole family then watched football games or took a nap…or both! Ellen: we would typically eat the traditional turkey dinner and then we’d play games. Charades was one of my favorites. Lisa: every year, my aunts, uncles and cousins would come to our house in Milwaukee. Ping Pong and billiards tournaments were always part of the fun! Chris: my Dad has only been home for a handful of Thanksgivings (He’s always gone deer hunting) so I have many great memories of just my Mom and I having Thanksgiving together at home or at restaurants. We also spent many Thanksgivings with close family and those were always very special as well.
Have you done anything ‘non-traditional’ for Thanksgiving? Brenda: as an adult and working in the retail industry I’ve spent Thanksgiving in 6 different states and done an assortment of different activities on Thanksgiving: I’ve worked that day; I’ve ran in a 5K; I’ve spent the day by myself (very far from my family). One time, I spent the day skiing; another time I spent the day on the beach; I’ve played in a mud football game; and I’ve stood in line for Black Friday. Ellen: Not really. Thanksgiving Day has always been a day we have celebrated with family. At times we’ve worked around deer hunting schedules, but the time was generally spent with family: cooking dinner, watching football, playing games and just being ‘together’. One time, we were hosting Thanksgiving at our house: I cut out leaves from construction paper and then had everyone write down what they were thankful for that day. Instead of a prayer, we went around the table and each person read what he or she was thankful for that day. Lisa: not really. Chris: we always have lasagna and garlic bread for Thanksgiving with my in-laws.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant or had food catered in for Thanksgiving? Brenda: rarely have I had a family Thanksgiving. We usually go out or to a friend’s house. I will say the best Thanksgiving I’ve had recently has been in my favorite restaurant and it was with my entire family – finally a Thanksgiving with the entire family! Ellen: No, I enjoy cooking dinner on Thanksgiving. Going to a restaurant or having food catered in doesn’t seem like what we would consider a “tradition” for our family. Lisa: no. Chris: yes, many times.
What was/is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Brenda: my Grandma’s stuffing. Ellen: my favorite would be corn soufflé. Lisa: mashed potatoes! Chris: creamy mashed potatoes with butter and gravy are the best, followed by white breast meat and fresh rolls!
What dish will you say ‘pass’ to? Ellen: turnip or mincemeat pie. Lisa: actually, the turkey because I don’t eat meat; and that allows me to eat more mashed potatoes! Chris: sweet potatoes or stuffing.
Are you shopping on Thanksgiving? Brenda: no. Ellen: no, usually that day is time spent with family. Lisa: maybe online after company leave. Chris: no, I’ll be spending time with my family.
Are you a Turkey Fan, Ham Fan or Fan of Both? Brenda: definitely a turkey fan. Ellen: turkey, turkey, turkey for Thanksgiving. Lisa: you forgot ‘neither’; I don’t eat meat. Chris: turkey.
What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Brenda: it will just be my husband and I this year. We plan to run the local 5K “Turkey Trot” in the morning; then we’ll go to our neighbors house for dinner and at midnight, go Black Friday shopping! Ellen: we are hosting at our house and then planning to watch the Green Bay Packer game. Lisa: we are hosting Thanksgiving. My family is coming up from Milwaukee and my husband’s parents are coming over from Warrens, WI. Chris: We will be having Thanksgiving dinner with family and then going to see a movie later in the afternoon.
What’s your Favorite Figi’s Thanksgiving Gift? Brenda: any of our desserts but my favorite is our Cream Cheese Pumpkin Cake! Ellen: just being able to spend time with family is what I consider my favorite gift. Lisa: Creamy Country Cheese Spreads; I always purchase a few flavors. Chris: we like the Pumpkin Cake Roll.
My thanks to Brenda, Lisa, Ellen and Chris for sharing their stories with us. If you’d like to share your answers to my questions with the readers of gourmetmarket.com, please share with us in the comments field below. Thanks for reading our blog and have a Happy Thanksgiving!