Bidding adieus to Thanksgiving must mean Christmas is on its way


My son, Brett Wheeler, brought fiancée Elizabeth Ranieri from New York for a beach getaway prior to Thanksgiving.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the turkey population is safe for another year.

Trees are now up or going up in most South Walton neighborhoods. I had the fun of helping a friend decorate last weekend, and it appears lots of folks are well on their way into the holiday spirit.

Ladie Bea and Wayne Carlisle opened their fabulous newly built home on 30A for its christening as the site of 30A's annual "orphan's Thanksgiving." Ladie Bea and Wayne started opening their home about 10 years ago to anyone who didn't have family in the area and no place to go for Thanksgiving. The tradition had to be canceled over the past few years in the wake of a fire. Around 30 friends showed up this Thanksgiving to celebrate the occasion, including Dan Mueller, Sally and David Smith, Paul and Sandy Luchtefeld, Georgeen Newell and Ken Golden, William Schissler, Tom and Dana Saffel, Eric Saffel, Mary Elsberry, Paul and Bett Appel, Harriet Crommelin and Stephen Marlette, Kim and Keen Polakoff, Joe Serrato, Betty Ryals, Barbara Pierce-Smith, John Stasko and myself. After a scrumptious potluck dinner, all sang "happy birthday" to Wayne.

Down the road a bit, Ed and Donna Macdonald hosted a neighborhood "orphan's Thanksgiving" for those in their neighborhood with nowhere to go. 

My son and his fiancé paid their holiday visit to me earlier in the week before heading back to New York, with a stop in Birmingham. I enjoyed cooking for them and playing our traditional game of Trivial Pursuit. The next time I see him, he will be getting married.

Although there are those of us who are "orphans" on Thanksgiving Day, many more traveled or welcomed family here for the holiday.

A.J. and Roy Kleindolph spent the holiday in Kansas.

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