As with thousands of homes across St. Louis, there was much ado with my family about this week’s Thanksgiving feast. This year, we had an assortment of in-laws come for dinner, which meant that our meal—in addition to the traditional turkey and trimmings—will be comprised of items that can only come together when different cultures meet (in our case, Filipino and Greek).

As you’ll see in our special section, Home for the Holidays, togetherness comes in many forms: be it through hours of time spent in the kitchen making fattoosh and kibbi, or listening to music and enjoying Chanukah cookies after lighting the menorah. This week, we pay a visit to the homes of four area families who are ensuring that their time-honored traditions live on for generations. We’ll also take you inside their kitchens and share some of the recipes that keep their loved ones coming back for more.

On behalf of the Ladue News staff, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and all the happiness and joy that come with the holiday season.