It is TURKEY TIME! What an incredible time to get the family around the table and give thanks for all your blessings! Even if it has been a tough year (and some years are like that) Thanksgiving as a special time to enjoy your family.
There have been years I was in the hospital and missed all of the fun, and other years I had a hard time enjoying myself and others (mostly due to my own or very touchy personal issues), and other years that I have had a BIG time. Last year was one of those tough Thanksgivings. But this year, I am planning on having a BIG time!
I have always taken the holidays for granted. Up until just a few years ago, I just assumed the holidays was one big food fest for everyone. But that is not the case. A few years ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks. When I returned from Thanksgiving adventures (with plenty more food gatherings in the following days) there were some of my coworkers who moved here for a job and their families were far away. They didn’t experience the wildness of “Great Uncle so-n-so” or “momma’s dressing.” They ate a Thanksgiving meal with those around them, usually a group of friends or their own little family. Maybe they ate with a church family.
And then there are children who are not surrounded by family who make the holidays special for them. Continue reading
It is so hard to believe the holidays are upon us. I guess I say that every year. But Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and around our house, we are discussing when, where and who is making what.
As usual, we will have lunch on Thanksgiving Day with Aunt Margie Pepper, and she will have a house full of food, before everyone brings something to add to the meal. There will be all the traditional favorites, and a few unusual items, such as Asparagus Casserole and scalloped potatoes.
Then either Thursday or Friday night (it is still up for discussion, depending on how many are attending the Egg Bowl), we will have Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents house in Stewart.
What is Thanksgiving dinner without the main attraction – the turkey?
I have never cooked the big bird myself. I have bought a fried turkey as a school fundraiser and my dad usually has one in the smoker for our Thanksgiving Dinner celebrations. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, to eat and show gratitude for another year of living and being together. But for many international students in a college town, the holiday can be lonely.
The International Thanksgiving Dinner in Starkville began in the 70s in the home of Armando and Ruth de la Cruz. The couple moved to the United States from the Philippines and knows first hand how it feels to celebrate holidays and special occasions a long way from home.
Does your family tend to get too caught up in the preparation of the holidays and spend too little time giving thanks to God? Make the most of your time together and honor God as a family.
1. Many families take a moment on Thanksgiving Day to let each person say aloud what he or she is thankful for this year. Experts say it is a good idea to expand this idea and create a gratitude journal to express your thankfulness everyday. Making it a point to list one small thing that brings you joy every day helps set a positive tone for your life. It can be as simple as listing the pretty weather, colorful fall leaves, cats underfoot, or a good laugh at a pointless commercial. Tell your spouse or your children what brought you joy today. What are they grateful for today? They may surprise you. Continue reading