It seems Thanksgiving is pretty quiet in Pedee. Pam Burbank went to Albany to eat an early Thanksgiving dinner with her sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Scott McKinley and mother Elsie Jones, who now lives in Albany.

She then ate a later Thanksgiving dinner with neighbors Tale and April Makalea. She has two clients now, but they worked and visited family.

Norm and Donna Baldwin’s son and family, Dan, his wife Jael and daughters Molly and Ginger came from Lebanon to spend the weekend.

They all ate dinner on Thursday, then on Black Friday, Norm and Dan stayed home while the women hit the stores for some great bargains. The only other visitors on their mountaintop home were the deer, rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels.

Fred and Cindy Clark went with Fred’s sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Stu Hemphill, of Wren, to Portland to enjoy their annual visit with Stu and Carol’s son Nate and his wife Jennifer and son Jaspar. Typical Thanksgiving, but fun to catch up with everyone.

We had two Thanksgiving meals, too. We went to daughter Lorraine and Doug’s house in Salem for brunch and games, then came back in time to eat with Judy Guida and her family, Joe and his daughter Jackie Trussel and friend Robbie Wiggins, and Dave and Suzanne Burbank. Robbie and Jackie are both in the nursing profession at OHSU in Portland.

It all doesn’t seem terribly newsworthy, but there’s something really special about getting together at Thanksgiving — the whole country eating turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie together with our favorite and not-so-favorite relatives and friends, and without the Christmas pressure.

Speaking of Christmas, Pedee Church is preparing for this special time.

They had a decorating party last Saturday, then on Dec. 12, acoustical guitarist Ron Diller will be here for a Christmas concert.

The Christmas Eve candlelight service will include the children’s program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, and on Dec. 31, they are having a progressive dinner party with a New Year’s Eve worship service afterward.

Must say, a highlight of my AAW convention in Minneapolis last week was a tour of the Spam museum in Austin, M.N.

It gave me a renewed appreciation of Spam.

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