Thanksgiving in the desert

Our corporate headquarters and distribution center is in Phoenix, and Thanksgiving is a little different here than in much of the country. With a forecast high of 70 degrees this Thursday, we won’t be wearing many sweaters, and many of our homes don’t even have a fireplace. And while we might go get a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, it’s likely to be a pre-cut one from the lot that just sprang up across the street — or a pre-lit one from Costco or Hobby Lobby.

We asked aspenhome employees to share some of their favorite Thanksgiving traditions with you:

“Turkey Bowl every Thanksgiving morning at 7:00 a.m. with family and friends. The winner brings home the game ball and has bragging rights for a full year. Good times.”
-Michael, Supply Chain

“The past five years, I’ve run a 10K (Turkey Trot) every Thanksgiving morning. You win a certificate if you beat the turkey. He wears a giant turkey suit, so it’s not too hard.”
-Noah, Marketing

“In our family, as we pray before our meal, we go around the table so each person can share what they are thankful for. It’s often the same thing for most of the adults (God’s blessing, family and friends, etc.), but when the children were younger we all had different things that were mixed in (Nintendo, pie, pets). With a new generation of grandchildren starting, it should bring some laughter to the occasion again.”
-Mary, Accounts Receivable

“My family traditionally has a toast before we eat with a small glass of tomato juice with ground pepper on top. We do this so that everyone can be included in the toast.”
-Karen, Sales

“Family! Sharing the meal with friends that don’t have family here. Being thankful for all our blessings, including the meal: One turkey cooked in the oven and one cooked on the Weber charcoal grill. Dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, frozen fruit salad, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. And starting this year it will include our new daughter-in-law’s family traditions. Using the good china, silver, and crystal. Phone call to family members out of state. Board games, basketball, and watching football.
-Sandy, Administration

Tell us about your Thanksgiving traditions in the comments!

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