“You may ask, how did this tradition get started? I’ll tell you. I don’t know! But it’s a tradition!”
- Tevye, in the movie, Fiddler on the Roof
♫ ♪ Tradition… Tradition! Tradition… Tradition! ♪ ♫
When I hear the word “tradition” I immediately picture Tevye singing and dancing down that dirt road as his horse-drawn buggy follows him in the movie, “Fiddler on the Roof.” ♫ ♪ Dai dai dai da dai da dai… Tradition! ♪ ♫
His words above are true of so many of our traditions with uncertain or complex origins. But, he also hits the nail on the head as he finishes the song with this final monologue, “Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as… As a fiddler on the roof.”
Even though we don’t know the exact dates and details of the first Thanksgiving, we know what the tradition has come to mean for us and to our families as we gather for this holiday steeped in tradition. No, it doesn’t matter that the pilgrims and Indians most likely ate venison and seafood instead of turkey, or if your family chooses ham, goose, or a vegetarian spread.
What matters is that we have traditions that tell us to gather with our loved ones, despite our differences, to be joyous, thankful, and maybe even a bit reminiscent. Perhaps your family all live in the same town, but it takes the tradition of the holidays to draw you together. Or, this may be the only time this year you will see the cousins you grew up with, have the chance to relive the carefree summers at Grandma’s farm, and recall the creak of that old screen door.
We are thankful for the traditions of this season and also for our customers. It’s been such a joy these last 34 years helping each of you create homes that embody the past while making memories for the future.
We'd love to hear about your family's favorite holiday traditions. Join the discussion on our Facebook page.
Mouldings Made Easy
Mouldings are a great way to bring traditional decorating into your home. Our broad selection of Moulding styles and materials is suitable for a large variety of applications, and most Mouldings are easily installed by the homeowner.
Casing is the wall trim around a door or window. It can be plain or moulded. In addition to being decorative, Casing can conceal gaps between the wall surface and door or window jambs, while also covering most of the jamb for a more finished look.
Baseboards are used at the bottom of walls to nicely finish this area and to provide additional decoration.
Our Casing & Baseboard Installation System is extremely easy because our Corner Blocks, Base Blocks, and Baseboard Corner Posts permit installation of Casing and Baseboard mouldings without tedious miter (angle) cuts.
Mouldings are not limited to use around doors and windows. Crown Mouldings can also transform ordinary ceilings into unique and special features for your rooms.
Crown Moulding Drops can be used in the corners to eliminate miter cuts. However, Crown Mouldings are typically installed with miter cuts.
If you will be mitering, our Crown Moulding and Trim Book and Crown Moulding Template Set can help you master this traditional way of installing Crown Moulding.
You can combine our Crown Mouldings with other components such as Plain Boards and Nosings to create your own unique designs.
We have suggested Crown Moulding Assemblies, like Assembly #4 shown above, to help get your creative juices flowing.
Additional Mouldings we offer include:
Cap Mouldings (including Wainscot Cap)
Picture Rail Moulding
Protective Corner Beads
Entrance and Window Systems (Pediments, Pilasters, Door and Window Caps)
And, we have synthetic Mouldings in PVC and Polyurethane if your project is outside, in a high moisture area inside, or if you simply prefer not to have to paint!
Please see our Product Listings for our complete selection of Mouldings and related items.
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-- H. Folmer, California
Here are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Share yours on our Facebook page.
"My family always invites a less fortunate family, and then at the end of the day we ask the family to think of a family who is less fortunate than them. We send plates for them to share with that family. We keep this tradition even if we are going out of town; the family goes with us." Carol
"The guys fry a turkey outside whether it's 30 or 85 degrees outside... Many times, we are off deer hunting later in evening." Rhonda
"It's food, football, then we pull out all the Black Friday ads and sit at the table to start a list for shopping."
"Our most cherished tradition happens right after the prayer, while all are still gathered in a large circle, Pamsy's (my grandmother's) Thanksgiving poem is read aloud, and we all tear up for a moment, laugh, and then run for the food line." Donna
"I go to my oldest daughter's house every year." Matsuko
"We have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that has grown to include folks who have unusual circumstances and they do not have family or friends to share with. Each year we all look forward to meeting new people and seeing the old ones who have now made this a tradition." Alan
"I am always fond of the talks on our 6 hour drive. Dominic (our freshman in college) will be traveling with us, and I look forward to the opportunity to chat. And, we bake cookies the day after Thanksgiving!" Rita G.
"Our family cooks the turkey over a can of beer on the grill every Thanksgiving." Chris
"Granny (my mom) always makes the pies... Pecan, Chocolate, & Coconut. Throughout the year, her sons-in-law work really hard to stay in her favor. I believe that they would arm wrestle each other if the prize was one of her pecan pies." Anna
"The fellows watch the traditional football games through the afternoon, and the gals stay up very late playing cards." Roland
"Each Thanksgiving my oldest granddaughter comes to me and asks me to tell her the story of her birth and how happy her daddy was because he died when she was young and that helps her remember him. She has done this each Thanksgiving since his death." Judi
"We say a longer prayer and go around telling what we're thankful for that year. We always do grandkids' hand prints and make a turkey of it. They are kept on the fridge always!" Kathy
"The last several years I have enjoyed Thanksgiving Day with my son-in-law's family since my Mom goes to Louisiana to visit with her husband's family. Then the next weekend, I get to celebrate again with them." Sandy L.
"We always fix our Great-Great-Grandmother's southern-style cornbread dressing!" Gregory
Share your favorite traditions on our Facebook page.
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Baseboard, Casing, Blocks, and Corner Posts give this room traditional style while avoiding tricky miter cuts.