Thanksgiving. A celebration of togetherness. A time to reflect, relax, and maybe indulge a little - or a lot - who are we kidding? Two words always seem to come to mind when talk of turkey day arises; tradition and thankful. At Airlie, we are thankful for tradition. And the staff at Airlie have some great Thanksgiving traditions to share. Read on!
"I love Thanksgiving so much that I have 2 Thanksgivings. One in September with my friends; Friendsgiving. My friends and I all make our favorite dishes from our own family Thanksgivings and share with the group of 20 or so.
Then I spend Thanksgiving with my family in Richmond where my side of the family ALL come together. It includes my divorced parents (both sides are remarried), my 2 siblings, all of our children (9) and any other stragglers- outlaws, spouses, girl/boyfriends- for a day of eating fried turkey, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green beans done two ways (yes one of them has a ham hock- we are from Virginia) along with stuffing and end the meal with some pumpkin pie and of course lots of wine. I love it all! All the food, all the wine, all the craziness, but mostly all of my family." ~ Meredith Rizzo, National Sales Manager
"For the last 7 years or so our family has celebrated Thanksgiving in the Outer Banks. We rent a big house in the Currituck Club on the golf course. It’s a nice change of pace and we always have other families join us." ~ Paige Leazer, Director of Human Resources
"Every year my son and I smoke a turkey for us along with our favorite sides. In addition to this, we also smoke turkeys and make meals for 5 families for a church drive."
~Larry Clatterbuck, Lead Technician
"Making homemade rolls and playing cards with my family."
~ Christy Peters, Sales and Systems Coordinator
"My favorite family tradition for Thanksgiving is to make our homemade pies - crust and all of course - in the morning, after the turkey is in the oven. My daughters always enjoyed this and now this is a tradition that we enjoy with my daughters and my grandchildren. No store-bought crust in our house!" ~ Patricia Truschel, Accounting
"Every year I bring Sauerkraut to whatever Thanksgiving meal that I am invited to, as well as having it at my family's table. I enjoy adding it to the meal due to the difference in flavor, texture and
temperature. Also, my father always serverd it at holiday meals. This year I will be making my own!" ~ Ben Argo, Director of Restaurants
"We always watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation after dinner!" ~ Brooks Kelchlin, Catering Sales Manager