Gratitude,  Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving

“We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~John F. Kennedy

While I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey with stuffing and gravy, or cranberry-anything, I’ve always appreciated the history and sentiment at the heart of our American Thanksgiving. (And I love pumpkin pie.)

Unlike our brutally commercialized Christmas season, Thanksgiving doesn’t demand too much from us. It doesn’t require us to spend loads of cash or credit on gifts, nor does it push our festive energy to the limits. Regardless of our religious beliefs or church affiliation, Thanksgiving simply asks that we sit down together at a table — one day out of the year — and express our appreciation.

Too often, we’re so preoccupied with our own worries or concerns that we forget the advantages and opportunities we actually have. Or we take for granted the many wonderful people in our lives. Thanksgiving makes us slow down long enough to notice again. And to be grateful for all of it.

No matter where you’re celebrating, and no matter what you’re eating for dinner today, I hope you have many blessings to count. Happy Thanksgiving — and thank you for being here. ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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