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‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving … Virginia family traditions

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house
Lots of goodies were cooking (but not the mouse). 
The pies were all set on the counter to cool
While Ma in her apron was a holiday-cooking fool.

That’s my sad attempt at putting a poetic spin on the holiday as I swirl around the house on Thanksgiving Eve.

Like many, I’m in the kitchen today prepping for tomorrow’s big meal with family. My sister Lori and I traditionally take on the cooking and baking, something we both enjoy, as we incorporate old favorites along with the occasional new dish.

We broke tradition three years ago when we roasted a chicken, a new idea that carried over last year and will continue this year. Lori’s cooking the bird along with a spiral ham, and she and her husband Jon are adding their own side dishes including sweet potato casserole. As for me, I make passed-down family favorites from aunts who are no longer with us: macaroni and cheese, and chocolate pies. This year I’ve added a very veggie garden salad and dressing, fresh steamed kale, mashed potatoes, and crustless pecan tart ramekins.

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‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving … Virginia family traditions

By Lynn R. Mitchell

‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house
Lots of goodies were cooking (but not the mouse). 
The pies were all set on the counter to cool
While Ma in her apron was a holiday-cooking fool.

My sad attempt at putting a poetic spin on the holiday as I swirl around the house on Thanksgiving Eve … LOL. Like many, I’m in the kitchen today prepping for tomorrow’s big meal with family. My sister Lori and I traditionally take on the cooking and baking, something we both enjoy, as we incorporate old favorites along with the occasional new dish.

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Mixed bag of weather on Thanksgiving Eve

ThanksgivingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Snow in the Valley, rain in Richmond, blizzard in New England, sunny in the South. On this day before Thanksgiving, the most traveled day of the year in the U.S., weather is not helping those who need to travel for the holiday weekend. Students traveling home from universities are running into snarls at airports, train stations, and interstates. Safe travels to all those who are heading out to be with family and friends for fellowship, food, fun, and shopping on this special day….

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Christmas in the Valley … Gypsy Hill Park’s ‘Celebration of Lights’

By Lynn R. Mitchell


At dusk on Monday, Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park came to life as thousands of lights were lit for the 2014 Celebration of Lights. This marks the 10th anniversary of the popular local event that draws thousands of viewers year after year and has become a tradition for many Valley families.

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