When I met my husband I soon learned that Thanksgiving doesn’t revolve around the turkey, but the deer. It’s rifle season week in Oklahoma. Before we bought our home, we would make the trip to his sister’s home in the country so he could deer hunt. I was very happy when we bought our home in the country so I could have our Thanksgiving dinner at home.
For many years now, I have called the beginning of deer season, “Man Week”. This was due to the invasion of men at our home. Man Week has now become Man Season as duck hunting has become a popular past time as well. Deer season has 3 phases: bow, primitive arms and rifle. John does not bow hunt but we do have friends arriving who do.
A tradition on the first day of rifle season, which is tomorrow, is that John will get up way before day break and cook breakfast and have coffee ready for the men who will be hunting. This year man week will include our granddaughter who took her first deer last year and is very excited to go out again.
I am a little tired (exhausted) by the time Thanksgiving is over, but it’s a wonderful feeling to have a family and friends tradition that all look forward to coming back for the next year.
What traditions does your family enjoy around the holidays?