In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to share an article from Coastal Living magazine that recounts a family’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition. For the past 33 years the Estroff family has been hiding the Thanksgiving turkey! Really. This family spends Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island and before the bird makes its way to the oven the kids need to find it hidden amongst the sea grasses.
Every item on the children’s checklist is accounted for: three cans of cranberry sauce, a bag of dry stuffing, 20 potatoes (10 white, 10 sweet), and two freshly baked pumpkin pies. There’s only one thing still missing―the turkey. Where has Grandpa hidden the turkey?
It’s not buried in the sand or secreted in the sea grass. It isn’t lurking behind driftwood or camouflaged with seaweed. And with hours to go until Thanksgiving dinner, it’s high time for that bird to get roasting.
Just in time, a victory cry resounds from under a palmetto tree. “I found it!” shouts 8-year-old Jakey Estroff. “500 points for the Pilgrim Team!”
To a chance passerby, this scene might seem strange. But to the gleeful search party proudly toting their booty from the beach to the kitchen, it’s simply another Estroff family Thanksgiving.
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