Sometimes we slide right over Thanksgiving on the downhill slide to Christmas and the holiday is overshadowed by gift purchases or preparations to hang greenery.
At Food Lion over the weekend, it wasn’t uncommon for families to look over the store’s Christmas tree selection with a cart filled with turkey fixings.
But for those out preparing for their feasts, Thanksgiving is still a moment to pause with good food and loved ones.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Covey, of Beckley, said they have had more than 56 years of being thankful together and their Thanksgiving dinner brings about 40 members of the family together.
Gloria Freeman and her daughter Keisha Hamby, both of Beckley, said their family takes turns hosting the meal. This year Hamby will be hosting the meal for the first time.
It’s a family tradition for them to serve a punch made from rainbow sherbet and Sprite.
Teresa Massey, of Beckley, said her family can’t have Thanksgiving without her mudslide pie.
“You have to have homemade dressing. The real kind, not any of that Stove Top stuff,” said Kathy Hilton.
She said Thanksgiving is all about “coming home” to visit at grandma’s house.
“Sometimes holidays are the only time you get to see your relatives. It’s nice to sit down with them at a meal and talk,” she added.
But for some, Thanksgiving isn’t a busy time.
Hilton, who works the deli counter at Food Lion, said the store’s boxed turkey dinners are more and more popular.
“People just don’t cook like they used to, and we get more and more elderly couples in here who are celebrating by themselves,” she said.
Others find themselves planning ahead for the rest of the holiday season while the family is together.
Linda Vandall, of Beckley, said Thanksgiving is the time her family draws names for the Christmas gift exchange.
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local News
Mac’s Toy fund continuing to prep for 83rd toy distribution
Mac’s Toy Fund is continuing preparations for its 83rd annual toy distribution event.
‘A Christmas Carol’ to debut with Eleanor Scrooge
It’s a long-honored community production that charms audiences each Christmas, but this year on the Tamarack stage, there will be live music and Scrooge’s name will be a little different.
The Beckley Police Department has purchased five new Ford Taurus all-wheel drive police cruisers.
Lead defendant in pill case gets 5-year prison sentence
The lead defendant in a Bluefield pill distribution conspiracy was sentenced Tuesday to five years and 11 months in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to a federal drug charge.
Four are arrested on methamphetamine charges
Nicholas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four motorists on methamphetamine-related charges Monday following a traffic stop, Sheriff David Hopkins reported.
Blood drives across region set for remainder of 2013
The holidays bring families and friends together in hopeful times to share in celebrations and special times of giving. For families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, their holidays may not be so hopeful.
Calendar — Thursday, December 12, 2013
Video: Students dance as Rosedale school awarded $25,000
Students at Rosedale Elementary danced in celebration Wednesday morning after learning the school won $25,000 as part of the 2013 U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign.
Only 20 schools in the nation were chosen as U.S. Cellular’s 2013 champions, and Rosedale squeaked into the top 20 to fill the No. 19 spot.
Mayoral candidates speak up
With the retirement of Emmett Pugh at the end of the month, a new mayor will have to be chosen soon to fill out the rest of his term. Four people have thrown their hat into the ring and each was given the chance Tuesday to share their vision of a better Beckley as part of “West Virginia Speaks: Seven Minutes to a Better Beckley.”
Lawmakers seek funds to combat child sex crimes
A legislative committee said Tuesday it will seek millions of dollars to combat sex crimes against children by hiring 50 new state troopers, which would more than double the size of this year’s class of cadets.
- More Local News Headlines
- Mac’s Toy fund continuing to prep for 83rd toy distribution