Home for the holiday

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) -- While some crave the madness at the malls, for others, it's not about that at all. The time spent with loved ones on Thanksgiving is what counts.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, turkey trots and the traditional Thanksgiving meal - complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing - all staples of the holiday. But for some, all of that means nothing without family.

"We're starting very fun traditions here in West Virginia. We did a turkey trot and my family played in a turkey bowl with the neighborhood, so it's been fun," said Abby Veigel.

She wants her young girls to realize what the day is all about.

"I would love for my children to know their family members and have the memories of time with family instead of material things," she said.

It was their first year hosting Thanksgiving for their family, with most members driving in from Ohio to spend the day.

"I tried to remember just how thankful, blessed that we are to have family members willing to travel to come spend the day with us and so, as stressful as it was, it was kind of warming to open my home to them," Abby said.

One family member was especially thankful to be surrounded by her loved ones.

"The past few years I've been spending Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge with my other family going to shows and stuff so it's nice to finally have a change and be with family for a first Thanksgiving in a really long time," said Jadynn Veigel.

Speaking of first Thanksgivings, when it's your very first, like Benson Williams, you become the center of attention for the day.

As for members of the Williams and Veigel families, you won't see them lining up for any Black Friday deals.

"I don't really like having the whole Black Friday shopping, there's too many people around and too much chaos going around so it's nice to just have a nice, quiet Thanksgiving," Jadynn said.