We're heading off in a bit to have Thanksgiving at my aunt's house. It will and yet it won't be like Thanksgivings of my childhood. It will be at a familiar location - my aunt's house, which before that was my great aunt's house. But there will be many fewer people there - only 11 and I will know all of them.
When I was growing up, our extended family usually had Thanksgiving dinner together - all 40 plus people. Invariably there was someone there I didn't know. Maybe it was a cousin's college roommate who lived too far away to go home for the holiday. Or someone's BIL or neighbor who would otherwise be alone. a boyfriend/girlfriend/new spouse possibly as we got older. But now, most of my generation has moved away and we haven't done this for a long while.
I know many people remember sitting at the kids table as somewhat of a negative. But when you have a full dozen kids there, there wasn't any negative to it for us. It was fun - no adults to tell you to quiet down and listen. No listening to your uncles debating politics. Just kids/teens. I don't remember not sitting at the kids table, but I suppose until the age of 5 or so, the kids had to eat with a parent.
What I remember is a gaggle of cousins with about a 9 year age range, though most of us were within 5 years of age. Today I expect we'll all sit together, which will be nice as well. And since the 4 kids range from 4 to 12, that's probably too big an age range for them to really have much in common.
I'm getting hungry just thinking about the turkey dinner....