Our family tradition for Thanksgiving grace is sung to the tune of “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music. The Von Trapp family at the festival performed the forbidden national anthem as they prepared to escape the country.Bless our friends, Bless our food, Come, O Lord, and sit with us. Make our talk glow with peace Come with your love to surround us. Friendship and peace may it bloom and grow, Bloom and grow forever. Bless our friends, bless our food. Bless our dear land forever.
When we celebrate with the family of one of our married children, they sing the doxology, a familiar hymn to both Protestants and Catholics. It’s the last verse of the hymn, “Awake My Soul,” by Thomas Ken in 1674, taken from Psalm 57.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Wherever we are, after dinner we take turns around the table expressing one or two things we are thankful for. This starts out being sentimental and ends up being hilarious. We leave the table laughing.
(© 2013 Nancy H C Ward)