Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is absolutely the best holiday on the calendar.

No church-going obligations (or guilt for not going!). No stress and rush with shopping for gifts or addressing cards. No flags to hoist or parades to attend.

Nope, Thanksgiving is only about eating and visiting with loved ones. And these just happen to be two of my very favorite things in the whole world.

My mother was the glue that held our family together. When she passed at a much too early age, my brothers and sisters and I divided up the holidays with a promise to never drift apart. I was fortunate to claim Thanksgiving as my holiday to host. Although most of my family live 90 miles south, this is the one day of the year when they all drive up to spend the day at my house.

It promises to be a day of good food and good times...a little reminiscing, a little looking forward, a little laughing, and maybe even a little sorrow.

Like most of you, my family and loved ones are at the very top of my things-to-be-thankful-for list.

I could write more, but there's a turkey brining, and a ham to glaze, and 10 lbs. of potatoes waiting to be peeled, and vegetables to chop, and....

Here's wishing everyone a great day with family and friends!
Don't forget to stop and consider ALL the things you have to be thankful for.

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