The Leddin family has an awesomely hilarious Thanksgiving tradition that’s been in existence since 1982. My grandma, the late, great Pat Leddin, came up with an idea to do something called “Turkey of the Year” where members of the family were nominated for the funny things they did over the course of the year, and the person who did the funniest thing would receive a turkey-shaped trophy. Its not necessarily something you want to receive, but it’s good fun and always taken in stride. It’s the highlight of each Thanksgiving, and now Pat’s daughter, Mary, spearheads the tradition in her mom’s honor.
Some classic winners over the years include: family members missing their flights because they got the boarding time and take-off time mixed up, family members missing their flights because they were in the middle of a conversation with passengers on another flight and felt rude ending the conversation to get on their flight (yes, you read that right), and a family member accidentally throwing another family member off of a jet ski resulting in them having to wear a sling for the rest of the summer. And that’s just a taste of the 30+ years of memories.
We keep track of all the winners with an over-all trophy, and write up the nominees like a skit for an awards show. It’s a crazy fun way of reminiscing over all of the funny things that happened over the course of the year, and its only going more fun as our family continues to grow.