Today I invite all of you to join me in coming up with an ancestor guest list for your Christmas Dinner. If you don't celebrate Christmas, feel free to choose a different holiday.
Each day between now and December 25 I am going to invite one of my ancestors to join our family to celebrate with a traditional Turkey Dinner.
Please think about who you want to invite and tell us why you want to have them at your table. Would you have a gift for them under the tree? What would it be?
I'm going to put my great-great grandfather Joseph McGinnis on my Guest List. I desperately want to ask him who his parents were and where he was from in Ireland. I do hope I can understand his Irish brogue.
I'm also hoping he'll be able to tell me where he died and when. I'm not sure if my invited ancestors will have the ability to talk about their deaths but my fingers are crossed. Mind you that might not be a very appropriate conversation. It seems somehow that might be a question best left to ask his widow if I invite her!
That's not all I want to talk about with Joe. I'd love to just hear his stories about anything he wants to chat about. Maybe he'd like to talk about what the early days in the 1840s were like for him. Perhaps he'll tell me how much he loved Ireland and how much he misses it. The sky's the limit once I ask my few questions!
I think it would be nice if I had a small gift under the tree for each of my guests. I'm guessing a bottle of booze might be appreciated by Joe. Yes - the Irish and their whiskey comes to mind, especially given what I know of my McGinnis grandfather and great-grandfather and their inclinations. So many feuds and so many fights brought on by drinking a wee bit too much.