November 5, 2012

It was one of my favorite times of the year. Time to make the trek from the chilly land of the midwest down to beautiful central Alabama, to the old family farmhouse in Talladega Springs. Our family would converge there to spend a few days eating together, sharing stories and pictures, raking leaves in the big front yard, and taking walks through the fields, surrounded by cattle. It was a time of celebration. Celebration of family and history…heritage. It was Thanksgiving. Nobody lived in that old house anymore, and there was a warm musty scent that enveloped you as you walked through the door. A familiar, pleasant smell that took you back to another time. There are so many memories that are evoked even by the thought of that scent. Memories of playing games with my cousins as my grandmother cooked in the kitchen with my mom and my aunts right next to her, my dad, grandfather, and uncles sitting nearby watching football. I remember my grandfather carving the turkey, and everyone sitting around the big dining room table, but it wasn’t just for a meal, it was more than that. Thanksgiving dinner was an opportunity to truly remember and appreciate what a blessing it is to spend time with family and friends. We didn’t often have all of our family in the same place at the same time, so for us, this was an extra special time…one of my favorite times of the year.

A little while ago, we came across a magazine whose mission statement was to be a “guide for small gatherings,” and we instantly fell in love. We believe that being a part of a community of people who share the ups and downs of life together is an important part of truly living. Although we don’t always get to do it often, we love to have people over to share a meal, laugh, play games, and just share life together. Kinfolk Magazine brings together stories of life, ideas for entertaining, beautiful images, and tasty recipes.┬áRecently West Elm (one of our favorite stores…oh boy we could visit that store weekly, and Ray at the Easton Town Center location can attest to that, haha) teamed up with Kinfolk to put together this video that is full of holiday get-together tips! After seeing it, we got really excited to host a party and celebrate this winter season with some of our closest friends, and we instantly looked to the most recent volume of Kinfolk for inspiration.

So in preparation for the upcoming party-throwing season, we want to give away a copy of Kinfolk Vol. 5 to one lucky blog reader! So please think of one of your favorite holiday get-together memories and post it in the comments below to throw your name into the hat for the drawing! We will be announcing the winner this Saturday so don’t forget to check back!


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  1. Kimmy Howard

    November 5th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I LOVE this guys!! So creative:) Mine are definitely at my grandma’s house growing up & having tea parties with my sisters at every holiday with all my grandma’s hats and purses. I’ll be sure to send my fans over to enter!!

  2. Shawna

    November 5th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    What a precious blog post! One of our favorite traditions that I love to share (with hopes the tradition will grow on another family!) is a family party on the night we set up the Christmas tree. My mom would put out a spread- every “party” food imaginable, and we would munch on all the treats as we decorated the tree. What made this so special was the fact that my mom did all of this work- just for her family- my brothers, dad, and I. We would spend the evening together partying, eating, and decorating, a perfect family fellowship!

  3. Kathy Jones

    November 5th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    One of my favorite memories was the weekend before Christmas Amy, Kelly and I would make cookies and candy and chocolate dipped pretzels and put everything together with a jar of homemade jam in a gift bag for each of our neighbors. I think one year we made 10 bags. We also loved going to the farm at Talladega Springs. Now we are only an hour away from there. I am looking forward to going in a few weeks to pick up pecans. Wish that y’all were coming down here for Thanksgiving but I know that Granddaddy is looking forward to being with y’all up in Ohio for the holiday at the new house.

  4. Andy

    November 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    My favorite memories are from the Christmas Eve fondue party we had before the Christmas Eve service at church. It’s a tradition I look forward to continuing with my family in the future.

  5. Adrienne

    November 9th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! And I love this time of year too- especially hearing everyone’s traditions!! My favorite is having dinner Christmas Eve at my grandparents house. Then we would drive around and look at Christmas lights. While we were gone, all the presents would be put out and we would be “surprised” every year.

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