I briefly entertained the idea of making this post totally unrelated to Thanksgiving Day, but couldn't see the point. And besides, I like giving thanks! I am deeply indebted to gratitude for the peace and joy I feel every day. Note--not the things I'm grateful for. Rather, the giving of thanks itself. While I am grateful--as witness the little turkey below--I believe that gratitude is the kind of gift which always comes back to you, like a boomerang, with more than you sent out.
So, how do you celebrate gratitude, and Thanksgiving? We like to split our focus three ways. The first is on our American Heritage, which kicks off the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the American Indian Heritage Festival, downtown. Second we of course plan pies--this year, we'll be sharing three. Chocolate, Key Lime, and Pumpkin. Yummy!
Third, every year we draw and put up a gratitude turkey. This year, since our son is serving a mission in Korea...our turkey is dressed as a missionary, too!
Such a handsome fellow, don't you think? And of course we add thankful feathers to his fabulous self. This year it took us longer than usual to get Mr. Turkey up, so he's not as fluffy as he could be. But, he'll do. :)
I'd love to hear from you, in the comments, about how you celebrate this day, or how you emphasize and choose gratitude! However, if you're hands are too full of pie to type, that's okay, too. Happy Thanksgiving, and have a lovely day!