This Family’s Unique Tablecloth Tradition Is Giving Us Thanksgiving Goals

What a special way to honor family at Thanksgiving!

Each family has its own holiday traditions, but once you see this one, you may want to convince your family to adopt it as your own.

Deb Mills has made her family sign a white tablecloth with permanent marker at Thanksgiving since 2000. Each year, she passes around a permanent marker of the same color. Each year gets its own color, and everyone signs. Then, over the winter months, she takes the time to hand-embroider each signature. After this Thanksgiving, she’ll have 16 years of signatures.

“That makes it much more durable,” she tells ABC News.

Looking at the tablecloth each year serves as a reminder of family members who have passed away. Mills lost her daughter, Mary, three years ago when she died unexpectedly of a ruptured aneurism.

“We lost a daughter three years ago, and it is very special to be able to put that tablecloth on the table each Thanksgiving and there is Mary’s name and she’s among us. As well as my mother and my husband’s father,” Mills told ABC News.

For every name that is meaningful, there are also names that maybe people don’t want to remember. When the younger grandchildren invited dates, they signed their names, as well. Now that they’ve broken up, “we have gravy boats strategically placed for just that reason,” Mills said.

So, all in all, this is quite a sweet family tradition. It reminds the Mills family that they’re all together and that family is what’s important on Thanksgiving.

We started this tablecloth in 2000. It has the names of everyone we've shared Thanksgiving with each year. Each year is a different color. I am so grateful to have the signatures of those who have left us. . . mom, David's dad, our daughter Mary. It has scribbles of grands and special messages. Everyone signs it at our Thanksgiving and then I embroider it each year and it is quite a treasure to me. Along the edge is a key of what color goes with what year. Thanksgiving is this weekend at our house so we are ready for a new set of signatures. ❤️ #LoveWhatMatters #Love #InstaLove #LoveWins #LoveAlwaysWins #BelieveInLove #CherishEveryMoment #LoveEachOther #Kindness #Hope #Joy #Compassion #FindYourJoy #LoveIt #ShowLove #GiveLove #Giving #ThankYou #SmallActs #BeLove #WeAreLove #AlwaysLove #LoveAlways #ChooseLove #SpreadLove #LoveMore ❤️ ❤️ Credit: Deb Mills

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So, no matter your family tradition, be sure to take the time to be grateful for your loved ones this year. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

[h/t: Yahoo!]