It all started one Thanksgiving in 1997 when Grannie spilled cranberry sauce on a brand new, white tablecloth. She gasped in disgust of her fumble and embarrassed, she dabbed her napkin in ice water to blot the small red stain. “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry!,” she repeated to my mother.
Being the care-free, go-with-the-flow, amazing woman that she is, my mother assured Grannie that her cranberry mishap was truly no big deal. “There’s always a stain or two to be had on a brand new tablecloth!,” she said…or something like that (I was 12, the details are getting a bit fuzzy). Seeing the truth in that, someone decided that for each stain on the tablecloth, the person causing the stain should sign and date the stain, with the name of the occasion (i.e. Easter, Thanksgiving, birthday, etc.). And that is where the tradition started.
Shortly thereafter, people were spilling on purpose in order to get the opportunity to sign the tablecloth. So before long, the tablecloth was to be signed by all at any major family gathering, and added personal touches are always welcomed.
Being home over this Thanksgiving holiday, I reflected on the importance of that tablecloth to me and my family…it’s like our version of scrapbooking and I think it is so, so special.
It’s hard to believe this tradition is over 13 years old. Volume 2 may be needed as time goes on, the space available on the cloth is sparse! 😉 Friends and loved ones have adopted this tradition because of the meaning it can hold. Love, memories, and togetherness are what family and friends are all about…celebrate that by way of tablecloth scrapbooking!
Question: What’s one tradition your family holds that’s near and dear to you?
Lots of love from Champaign, Illinois (GO ILLINI!),