Giving Thanks


As we all know one of America’s favorite holidays is this week. We gather with our friends and family members, make the proverbial cornucopia of food, and feast like kings and queens. Thanksgiving, to the naked eye, is nothing more than gorging on food laced with tryptophan (which leads to the inevitable mid-evening nap).

Thanksgiving has always held a special place in my heart. It’s been my favorite holiday for one reason: quality family time. Each year I switch off between celebrating with my family and my in-laws, with each visit consisting of a five-day family-time marathon. Thanksgiving, itself, is a day full of teamwork with prepping the bird, the sides and the desserts. It’s a day full of togetherness, a time to build new memories and reminisce on the old.

Following Thanksgiving is the typical shopping hoopla, and our family does it differently. We don’t visit the big box stores; we check out the local shops and artists. We visit the local cafés. We celebrate giving thanks with our local communities.

This week my message is two-fold.

1. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday. Be sure to venture out to your local shops and help support your local economy. You never know what little treasures you might find. And, of course, try to make sure it’s crafted by American hands.
2. When you’re with your family or friends during Thanksgiving, sit back and take it all in. If you’re surrounded by the people you love, then you have a lot to be thankful for.

Wishing a happy, healthy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and your friends.


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