Our custom of offering Thanksgiving turkeys, sides and desserts to our customers is getting up in years (close to 20 now!) and each year we strive to deliver a better experience. It’s a months-long process of labor and love. Many hours are spent either in the cooler wrangling the turkey shipment, scooping roasted pumpkin pulp for our pies, filling quart after savory quart of gravy or putting in hours at the Turkey Table; our Thanksgiving pick-up spot in the Market. Each chore on its own could be considered tedious and uninteresting, but when pickup day finally comes and these holiday orders are picked up by our smiling customers, these small tasks magically become something bigger and more special, something that feels at least like a Thanksgiving tradition. The Thanksgiving traditions below were shared by our staff, and we hope you like reading them as much as we did!
While Thanksgiving is everyone’s big holiday, it is really just the kickoff for me. Every year, my (very) large extended family gathers in Washington, DC for our annual Christmas Party. We have a casual gathering on Friday night to say hello and the official Lynch Family Christmas party on Saturday. There are so many of us now (my daughter is the 29th cousin in her generation) that we each get one person to buy a gift for. Instead of simple to/from labels, everyone needs to write a poem containing clues about who the gift is for and from. One member of the family is Santa and they read the poems aloud so everyone can guess who it’s about. It’s an awesome tradition and one of my favorite nights of the year!
Kate O’Brien, Gift Manager