Thanksgiving Traditions 4

Rena McDonald | 
 McDonald Law Group

“My family has an unusual Thanksgiving tradition that includes shopping. We are avid Black Friday shoppers, and after we finish our holiday meal we sit around the table passing the newspaper. We talk about things we are looking for and how we can get everything we need. We then come up with a plan of attack for where we are going. The next day, we meet for breakfast to discuss our retail victories. I love this tradition and the time we spend talking about the gifts we are giving and why. We have done it since we were children with our mother and I enjoy sharing the tradition with my kids.”

Adam Itchkawich | CMG Financial

“As with many family traditions, food is at the top of the tradition. So, of course, my favorite family Thanksgiving tradition is making the stuffing for the bird.  However, this is no ordinary stuffing—it is pepperoni stuffing! My grandmother made it and my mom always made it every Thanksgiving! I love it so much that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the pepperoni!”

Bryon Brooks | Nevada State Senate

Thanksgiving is a special day for us. We don’t make it a stressful day. Dinner is ordered from the M Resort so there is no rush to wake up and start cooking. We usually don’t even get out of our pajamas until late morning. It’s a day when we have both family and friends over to celebrate all of our blessings. Everyone brings his or her favorite dish or dessert and bottle of wine. When dinner is on the table we have a tradition of going around the table and each person saying what they are most thankful for. We keep it simple and fun with card games and great conversation.”

Robyn Yates | Windermere 
Prestige Properties

Family traditions come in all shapes and sizes and mine are no exception. With the majority of my family living in Montana, my husband, son Isaac and I are quite grateful for our Windermere Family traditions here in Las Vegas. We take the opportunity to host a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration where all our Windermere agents, staff, business partners and their family are welcome to join in a lovely Thanksgiving dinner! Every year we look forward to an entertaining evening with good food and great company.”

Mimi Wachter | Kangamoo 
Indoor Playground

With no family in Las Vegas, our family (just the three of us) forego the traditional labor-intensive Thanksgiving meal prep. Plus, it’s difficult to find a small enough turkey, unless they start to breed some kind of delicious teacup mini turkey. So for the last six years, we have elected to make Thanksgiving a fun culinary family outing. There are many restaurants that offer special holiday prix fixe meals. And the offerings vary from buffets to casual dining, from inexpensive $17 per person to $80 per person four-course lavish spread. Last year, we chose Bardot Brasserie inside the Aria Hotel. Think elegant Thanksgiving meal the French way.”

Shelley Austen | Sage Pilates

“I am the owner/studio director for Sage Pilates and Wellness here in Henderson. This is our third fall in business and each November we reach out to the community by having a food drive to support Three Square.”

Kri Edholm | Leadership Excursion Co.

Many traditions changed for me in 2015 when I left my corporate career of 20 years and launched my own leadership development business. Our clients learn about leadership and communication while working with horses. Thanksgiving marks the end of our fall season, so I spend the morning on the ranch with my business partner and rescue horses celebrating accomplishments and winding down for the winter. It’s a fun, new way to practice being grateful.

Michele Melnick | WIndermere 
Prestige Properties

“Designated Thanksgiving cook, that’s what I have been deemed by my family! How did I get myself into this particular situation? I think from a true love of entertaining and bringing people together. Oh, and let’s not forget a passion for delicious food. Each Thanksgiving ‘my husband and I bring both sides of our family together for a wonderful meal and celebration. The Turkey hits the table at 2:00 p.m. sharp, so don’t be late!