Share Your Most Unforgettable Family Gathering Memories

The holiday season is right around the corner, which often brings the gathering of family and friends together under one roof. With so many personalities in one place, there are usually some humorous or unique situations and stories that come from these gatherings. Share your most unforgettable family gathering moments in today's Hopkins Happenings' Throwback Thursday.

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Rose Richardson December 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

My most unforgettable holiday moments center around the family gathering at my grandma & granddad's house for a huge meal that she prepared everything from scratch including desserts. There was a grown-up table and a children's table. There were always laughs and remembrances of family members no longer here and life was good. God bless Irene & James Richardson you are always in my heart!!!

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Gary Wayne November 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

My mother became uncharacteristically distraught when she saw one of my sisters spiriting some food from her plate , into her napkin which was positioned in her lap . My mother insisted that my father needed to "Do Something!" He directed my sister to finish eating in the closet that was built into the dining room , with the door ajar . This immediately calmed my mother . Normal conversation ensued and my father include my sister in all of it . A disembodied voice would emanate from the closet as if she were still at the table and the humor of the situation was not lost on any of us except we dare not break into laughter for we did not wish to upset our mother any further . At one point my sister wanted more mashed potatoes and a little hand popped out of the doorway and my father refilled her plate . It was hilarious !

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Melinda Thomas November 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Besides the stuffing and the turkey, family gatherings with my family is usually lots of fun. It's either my sister wanting to 'manage' a game of Taboo or pictionary or a small group gathered after the turkey, in a heated social discussion. However, the most memorable was the year my cousin Karen came from NY for Thanksgiving. Karen has always been full of life with the most beaming smile and an infectious laugh before was diagnosed with MS in her twenties.

However, that holiday when she came to visit, we got to see first hand how this disease tried to suck the joy out of her. Her pain looked excruciating as she held on from one chair to the next to get to the kitchen and we all felt helpless because everyone wanted to take the pain away. To this day Karen remains humble and hopeful and yes, she still has that smile. This was memorable because in that moment we saw the importance of just being thankful, not just for tangible gifts but for the simple things in life, like being able to walk, the gift of sight, the ability to hear; all the things we take for granted. Now on to some fun stuff. Happy Thankgiving!!!

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Kris Lindstrom November 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

Several years ago, my husband bought me a diamond ring for Christmas and hid it in a "safe place". Christmas morning he sheepishly told me that he had gotten a really nice gift for me but couldn't remeber where he had hidden it! He found it 6 months later in the middle of a pile of summer shirts. We still laugh about his safe hiding place and having a "June Christmas".

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Joanne November 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

One year when my Grandmother was still alive, around her early 90's, the family gathered for Thanksgiving. As dinner was done, we all came together for prayer and came into a circle. As my Grandmother was about to begin to pray, a voice from the Life Alert box says "Addie, are you all right. We all looked around and seen the box it came from. I answered for her, "she is fine". And we all laughed. My Grandmother's button was in another room and one of the kids pressed it. (She refused to wear it..lol). The caller asked for the password to clear the request. My Grandmother could barely talk (mind you she was about to pray..little miracle from God). No one knew the password. The caller stated it has to do with bees. I remembered that the only word my Grandparents called each other was Honey. I stated "Honey" and she said thank you and hung up. Everyone looked at me strange and I stated to them, "That's all they called each other!" Again, we laughed and my Grandmother proceeded to pray for everything for the last time.

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Anna Norrell November 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

I believe all my family and friends gathering during the holidays are special. I used to give a party on Thanksgiving Day. It started because we smoked a turkey out on the grill. The weather was warm so neighbos had their windows opened. The beginning of a very long tradition. It grew from just a few friends to 150 over the years. I did not serve Thanksgiving food, but had great food to enjoy. The open house was from 10:30 to 3:00. Everyone was going to there familes for the Thanksgiving Dinner. My family went to my best friend 's home or our dinner. It was so much fun.

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Tom November 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

My parents generally hosted all family dinners as we had the table that fit 24 guests. One year just as my mom called everyone in from the living room to sit down; we found our standard poodle lying in the middle of the food contentedly licking the turkey! Amazingly no other food was spilled so we rinsed off the bird and flame sterilized it with a propane torch. We chalked it up to poodles being bird dogs and carried on in our usual outside the box style.

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Kris Lindstrom November 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

My mom tells that story that when she was a little girl, her big old tomcat, Boots, got a head start on the turkey. Fortunatly her mother discovered Boots munching on the turkey before she called everyone to the table. She carved the turkey, gave Boots the part he had claimed for himself, and then called everyone to come eat - and didn't tell everyone about Boots taste testing the entree until after dinner.

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Yasmine November 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

My most memorable Christmas memory will be four years ago this Christmas. I left my house in the morning to drive to my parents' house. On my way there, I found out my sister's water broke and she was in the hospital. The delivery date was two weeks early so they were trying to stop her contractions. So I went directly to the hospital. She didn't give birth to the twins until the next day, but i will never forget the excitement of that Christmas morning!

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Melinda Thomas November 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I remember that day, Yasmine.

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Sally November 20, 2014 at 7:05 am

Many memorable moments, but we always talk about the time my sister's ponytail got into the flame from the menorah!

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