What is Thanksgiving, without memories of family and friends, renewed cherishing of items used within gatherings of previous events, and a look forward to this week's gathering? While cleaning and preparing for this year's Thanksgiving dinner, I am reminded of Thanksgiving days spent with family and friends in years gone by, and am looking forward to this year's celebration. As my family grows smaller, and traditions have faded, this year I am finding new traditions for the holidays ... and new passions within the holidays.
As for the silver pieces, I can only imagine how my ancestors would scrub and scrub to get them shiny and sparkling. But for me, I am finding charm in a bit of "aged" finish within them that allows their age and "servitude" to shine through. I cleaned them lightly with a silver cleaner, and love the effect of some of the patina showing. Okay, admittedly, I understand the pitting this can bring on in silver pieces, and realize that not everyone can appreciate the charm in a bit of aging on silver. But for me, today, I love it ... and I hope my guests will understand, also!
Wishing each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, and many things to be thankful for. As for me, I am very thankful for family, friends, the simple things in life, and the ability to share these things with others. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families!