My Mother and Father both came from Alton, Illinois where they had large, extended families. They left all that to come live in Chicago and we had a small group for holidays. My Mom wanted a bigger crowd so she signed us up to host foreign students from U of C. A local church organized it and at the time it just seemed normal to me. Now I realize how terrific it was and how we gained much more than a few extra guests. We had the world around our table and we all grew from the experience.
I no longer live near the Church which organized these visits but I have always tried to keep the tradition going of having new people over for the holidays. I suggest that you do the same and if possible, invite extra guests to your Thanksgiving table.
Or maybe you could be a guest at mine, come on over. I made three napkins too many!
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