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Not the usual tradition
Local family embraces its pilgrim roots
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Gwen Linton dresses up for her family’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. - photo by Submitted
Thanksgiving for many may be about food, family and football.But one Cumming family has taken on some additional Thanksgiving traditions based on a rich American heritage. In fact, pilgrims and American Indians still share a feast at the Linton household.The local family, which this year will celebrate with relatives in Ohio, wears costumes representing the original Thanksgiving.The annual tradition began when Steve Linton, a descendant of Mayflower pilgrim John Howland, began dressing up in the traditional garb of his ancestor.Each year at the Thanksgiving table, grandpa Linton, who lives in Pennsylvania, tells stories about Howland, who is perhaps best known for being rescued after falling off the side of the ship.Daughter-in-law Michelle Linton said a family member got an idea to surprise him after several Thanksgivings of his costumed dinner appearance.About six years ago, all the dinner guests donned headdresses and American Indian garb as they sat at the table before Steve Linton made his usual grand entrance, she said. “He was quite surprised,” Michelle Linton said.