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BonfireWe have a lot of 'Aggies' in our family and we uphold the Texas A&M tradition of a bonfire before the A&M v. tu football game every year at Thanksgiving at the ranch. Our bonfire is a bit smaller than the 100 plus foot bonfire at A&M, but we sing the fight songs and roast hot dogs and smores all the same--just like we used to in college.
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Waterford Crystal Christmas Tree OrnamentI started to collect Waterford Crystal Christmas tree ornaments in 1978 when they were around $12. Over the years, it has become the tradition for my Mom to buy me the current year's ornament. She hides them & tries to make me think she forgot to buy it. One year she placed it on the tree and another year, she purchased cookies in a tin container. She took off the plastic seal, put the ornament in the tin and reglued the plastic seal.
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FootologyA Hindu bride would have her feet decorated before she gets married. I've attended several family Hindu weddings which is an event filled with colour and textures.
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Don't Blink!Fathers and daughters have their own traditions. Here Ashlynn & Alek are engaged in the "Don't blink" tradition.
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Driving HomeAnother part of the tradition is traveling to spend time with family. This is from the night ride home this evening, comped from a few different images to get exposure and focus working throughout the scene. The curving lights is a semi-trailer truck blowing by.
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BakingI also thought it was a tough assignment, but a good one. So I stuck my camera in the oven to get part of the dinner evolution. I'm not sure, but I think under the foil is 'oyster corn', a traditional holiday dish in our family.
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Football Rivalries TraditionThis was a hard subject and I have been thinking all week and finally this morning when I was watching “College Game Day” on ESPN I realized that one of my traditions is to watch Florida State and Florida game each Thanksgiving Weekend. FSU did not win this year but I will always try to watch that game. This photo was taken this morning while watching the pregame festivities.
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Working CattleRebecca's entire family gathers at the ranch to work Fall calves every Thanksgiving. The picture isn't quite the same now that they have retired the horses and use 4-wheelers. It's hard but fulfilling work.
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Old Tradition, new pieI made a pecan pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year - has a gingersnap crust - combines all traditional Thanksgiving pies and cookies into one.
     
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