It’s time for an entertaining holiday tradition

Published 2:04pm Sunday, November 24, 2013

One of the most amusing things we have the opportunity to publish in the newspaper each year is “How to Cook a Turkey” recipes submitted by elementary school students. We ask teachers of some of the younger students to encourage writing the recipes and we pick them up.

Then we typically divide the recipes among us and type them (verbatim). That task is usually good for a few chuckles with the innovative ideas and spellings children often demonstrate in the earlier grades.

Glimpses into how children think – before they’re molded into the mainstream – can also be enlightening.

Some of the turkey recipes give hints about different students’ Thanksgiving traditions as they talk about how much they like their grandma’s turkey or how their uncle bags a bird for the dinner table.

The descriptions of securing a turkey, preparing it, the ingredients necessary, cooking times and even serving tips are often incredibly entertaining. Typing these little jewels doesn’t really seem too much like work when you’re doing it.

In the past we’ve occasionally solicited “What I’m Thankful For” submissions from children as well. We didn’t ask for those this year although I personally really like those even better than the turkey recipes.

I’ve often been touched by the simplicity of the things children say they are thankful for. Typically they stick to the basics – their lists usually include mom, dad, brothers, sisters and grandparents (although some qualify how thankful they are for their siblings). Many times they share their thankfulness for other  simple things – pets, their home, their friends.

There’s a lesson in that for the rest of us, I think. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could be more childlike in our dealings – whether it concerns what we are thankful for or how we treat our fellow beings?

I often find myself pondering how people can look at themselves in the mirror every day considering the way they treat others and how oblivious they seem to be to trampling on other folks’ sensibilities.

Even more puzzling to me is that those who have the most blessings – whether those are physical, emotional or financial – are too many times inconsiderate of others’ feelings.

But I digress. Personally there are too many things I am thankful for to list them all.

I am certain all of you have blessings you can count during this season of thankfulness as well. That simple act can help put things into perspective and probably make you feel better. Maybe it will even inspire you to lend a helping hand to someone else or stop a moment to look at life through another’s eyes.

That’s what the holidays we celebrate this time of year are all about anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next week … and bless your hearts.


Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is

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