--by emackaroni83, posted Nov 30, 2014
I learned later on the tradition my family started years ago that we still partake even today. Every holiday that my family and I celebrate we challenge ourselves for each family member to invite someone who doesn't have somewhere to go on the holiday. Sometimes we have tons of people and sometimes not too many. Our tradition includes taking pictures and looking over the pictures sometimes we cant even remember the names of everyone in the picture!
At Thanksgiving yesterday I had invited a neighbor who I know didn't have anywhere to go to come to my family's Thanksgiving. He happily agreed. Before we eat we stand in a big circle holding hands and say a small prayer. Then we each say three things we are thankful for. When it came for my neighbors turn to say something he choked up and said "I am thankful that I get to share a warm meal with other people as I haven't even ate a meal with anyone in a long time" The meal conversations, and the bonding was amazing. When we left and went home my neighbor told me "I haven't felt this welcomed and good in many years, thank you for this blessing"