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Dear Customers,

             The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word, tradition, as “an inherited, or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior”, or “the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example – from one generation to another”.  Basically, this means that, however your parents celebrated the holidays is probably how you will continue to do so – it’s a family tradition!  In our family growing up, while there was an obvious ethnic flavor to our celebrations, particularly when it came to holiday foods, we still incorporated the bulk of our traditions from our American heritage. 

            Thanksgiving dinner was built around the turkey, of course.  It included stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, a vegetable or two, Mom’s homemade rolls and of course, several pies- predominately pumpkin.  Today, my family and I pretty much mimic that entire menu except that I’ve never been able to replicate Mom’s delicious rolls.  She even left me the cookbook she used, and I still can’t make them come out light and fluffy like hers.  My mother-in-law has handled all the baking for the entire 24 years Heather and I have been married with homemade bread and a veritable plethora of pies, but unfortunately, this year she’ll be wintering in Nevada.  My two daughters have vowed to carry on our family traditions by trying their collective hand at breads and desserts.

            Even though our menu is pretty much the same, year-to-year, I cannot resist the beautiful color photos adorning every Taste of Home cookbook on our shelves.  Titles such as “Grandma’s Best Holiday Recipes” and “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Cookbook” beckon me as I pass by.  “Perhaps I’ll discover an as yet untried classic, destined to become a family favorite and tradition”, I always think.  But, in the end, it’s like trying a new hairstyle or ordering something other than your go to dish at your favorite restaurant. . . I usually find myself retreating to the safety of tradition.

            Besides food, what are some of the other traditions we celebrate on Thanksgiving?  Often people travel; to exotic locations like Grandma’s house or destinations that involve planes, trains and automobiles!  Speaking of the Steve Martin-John Candy classic, we always enjoyed re-watching it on Thanksgiving night – that is until they began broadcasting another football game in prime-time.  Watching TV on Thanksgiving has always been a tradition with our family, starting with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and followed by the National Dog Show on NBC.   Deciding who’s going to get to engage in the wishbone tug-of-war was a big deal when I was younger.  But my tradition of enjoying a tryptophan-induced after-dinner nap continues to stand the test of time!

            But without a doubt, the most important tradition on Thanksgiving is spending time with family.  That’s why Costa’s Supermarket is only open from 7am till 1pm on Thanksgiving Day.  We know you forgot something – maybe even multiple somethings – so we’ve allotted a full six hours for last minute shopping.  After that, we reserve the rest of the day so that our employees get time to spend with their own families, perhaps forging their own traditions!  It is therefore that we offer with our fondest hopes,

From our Family to yours, have a

Happy & Bountiful Thanksgiving!