Every year in the United States we gather together with our family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday is usually surrounded by good food, good company, and for some good football. There’s a story behind every tradition, a memory attached to certain events or dishes, and a time for reflection and appreciation. One of the reasons Thanksgiving is so special is because each person and each family celebrates it differently.
At M3 we consider all of our employees and customers a part of our family. Although we could not all be together yesterday, we still enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch earlier this week at our Gwinnett office.
On the day of the actual holiday we put everything on hold so that each member of our family could spend time with their family. A few of our employees even took the time to share some from their own Thanksgiving traditions and memories shown below.
Julie Farschman – Executive Vice President of Human Resources
“When I was a little girl, Thanksgiving wasn’t my favorite holiday meal. I was kind of a picky eater and I didn’t like cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, or pumpkin pie. I just at the rolls mainly! So my mom, who is a very special person to this day, asked me what would make Thanksgiving more special to me. She said everyone should have a favorite food at Thanksgiving, so I said chocolate pudding pie!
It’s not fancy and at times well-meaning people have tried to improve it by making it with fancy chocolate or chocolate mousse. The truth is though that we make it from a box of Chocolate Jello Pudding on the stove. We pour it in a nice pie crust, refrigerate it, and then top it with homemade whipping cream for a perfect Thanksgiving dessert. Every year I still make it. The kids always like my pie the best and so do I!”
Megan Greer – Staff Accountant I
“We never have just one time we plan on eating. Most of our Thanksgiving consist of cooking, starting around 9:00 am and then we eat all day long. My family enjoys playing dominos and other family games that allow for everyone to participate in. I believe the greatest tradition we hold as a family is that there is always good food, lots of laughter, and tons of love from everyone.
The Thanksgiving I will always remember was when we went Black Friday Shopping from 6pm Thanksgiving day to 6pm Friday night. I remember falling asleep on a bench in the Mall of Georgia, my head laying on my grandads shoulder, and it only being around 4pm Friday night. We were all exhausted and said we would never do that again, however, it was so much fun to spend time with one another and make lots of memories.
I have so many things to be thankful for it would be hard to count everything, however, I think the greatest thing I am thankful for is where God has laid my path. This year has been incredible with starting a full time position, to graduating college with my accounting degree, and then beginning grad school in a short two weeks later. I have an incredible support system with my parents, Jacob (my boyfriend and best friend), and grandparents, that I would not be where I am today without them. This year I will get to spend Thanksgiving with all of them as well as our newest addition to the family, a 7-month-old golden retriever, Dallas Duke.”
Erin Barr-Smith – Assistant Manager Quality Assurance
“Growing up in Montana we had small Thanksgivings: my mother, my father, my two sisters, and me. Sometimes we’d be joined by a friend but we never had a problem fitting everyone at the same table – our regular and unassuming dinner table, with a special embroidered table runner for the holiday. Every year my mother made Barr Hot Potato Salad (my favorite!) and a dish ominously known as ‘The Pink Stuff.’ While Hot Potato Salad is sure to melt in your mouth with its melded flavors of bacon, eggs, onion, mayo and potatoes rolled into one glorious casserole… ‘The Pink Stuff’ is a deception. It sits in a glass trifle dish, bright red pops of berry in a fluffy, swirly whipped cream. A pink cloud of pure temptation.
Despite knowing that it was a trap, my sisters and I tried it Thanksgiving after Thanksgiving, desperate for this candy-looking concoction to taste as advertised. Every time we’d end up with a mouthful of fresh and bitterly tart cranberries, whipped cream that had a strangely gelatinous consistency, and not a hint of sugar. Taunting each other to take the first bite became a favored tradition and we’d always pull faces and laugh ourselves silly when we finally did.
This Thanksgiving, many years past the splendid treachery of ‘The Pink Stuff’, I’ll be in Atlanta with my husband, my children, and an incredibly large amount of in-laws. I’ll be doing my best to appreciate every moment as I remember the lessons I learned at childhood Thanksgivings: the best things in life aren’t always pretty, and the pretty things aren’t always good. Happy Thanksgiving, M3!”
Allen Read – President/Partner
“As a family each year we get together the day before Thanksgiving and start cooking the food I had growing up. My mother was Lebanese and it was important to her that we always had traditional Lebanese food during the holidays. My siblings and I would gather around the table and roll grape leaves with a meat and rice filling and then we would make kibbi as well. This was such a great bonding experience for us and I now get to do it with my four daughters.
One of my most memorable Thanksgivings was from when I was in sixth grade. I was outside waiting to eat dinner and a friend of mine dropped by the house with his cousin, who took me to go shoot fireworks. Coming back we were in a very bad car wreck and my parents didn’t even know I was gone until they received a call from the emergency room requesting them to come down. I had about 15 teeth knocked out but thankfully they were held in place by my braces. Somehow they left them in my mouth and they all grew back in.
This year I am most thankful for my family, my wife and my children. It brings me great joy to know that my wife and I have raised four truly great human beings. They will all be home for Thanksgiving this year and I am looking forward to spending the whole weekend together.”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!