This is making me nostalgic. I remember many formal Thanksgiving settings and all sorts of people coming. One Thanksgiving was spent at the home of the woman I was dating. I made a fool of myself saying how much I enjoyed Japanese culture. Then I found out her uncle was on the Bataan Death March in World War II. Not the right person to be mentioning positive things about Japan to.
Mom always cooked a lot of great stuff. There were friends and family. There were my Dad’s overseas colleagues. It was always interesting to see them learning about this great American tradition.