“I usually write something nice about that year, but my two girls, Amber  and Brandy  would try to outdo each other, in some cases to see who could be the funniest or the nastiest,” Rose said.
The tablecloth is full of sister barbs, inside jokes, signatures of boyfriends who have come and gone, messages from family pets (written by their owners) and pictures of turkeys, cats or smiley faces.
“It’s a free-for-all, running record of who was in our lives and what was going on each year,” Rose said. “It only comes out on Thanksgiving Day and we don’t eat on it, so it stays clean. We all enjoy looking back and saying, 'Remember, when you wrote that, or did this?’ ”
For the Rose family, the tradition is here to stay.
“One year, I forgot to bring it out and the girls reminded me,” she said.