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❀ Making the World a Brighter Place One Friendship at a Time

Americans traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing similar meals to this: a turkey, cranberries, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, yams, beets, bread, a green salad, a fruit salad and pumpkin pie.


Our family doesn’t always stick to tradition.  Whatever we prepare is delicious and special, like the lasagna pictured above.


With so much focus on food, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday.  Giving Thanks.


Like all American kids, I learned the history of Thanksgiving in school.  It is a long and rich history beginning with Native Americans.  It was a time to give thanks for successful harvests and other blessings.



We used to have a lawn jockey in our yard.  Our artist neighbors decorated it for every occasion.  This was one of the Thanksgiving incarnations.


Pilgrims and Puritans celebrated Thanksgiving, too.  Along the way, Presidents George Washington, John Adams and James Madison designated days throughout the year to give thanks.


Thanksgiving was finally instituted as a national celebration after several groups campaigned to make it so.


Sarah Josepha Hale (who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb”), the authoritative and powerful editor of a popular women’s magazine, began campaigning in 1827 to have Thanksgiving instated as a national holiday.


After petitioning several presidents, she finally succeeded in 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed a “National day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”


I am thankful that I can give thanks anytime and everyday.  In the best and worst of times, there is always something to be thankful for.


What if we replaced our complaints with thanks?!


Just imagine the power of millions of thankful hearts aligned and beating in unison.


May this holiday and new year, to come, be one of Thankfulness and many blessings in return!


Happy Thanksgiving!!!



and Valerie💛







5 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Nancy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend! I’m thankful for having you in my life – all my life. 🙂

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    1. Pooh, I’m so thankful for you! I have loved sharing every stage of life (starting in diapers and, hopefully, not ending in diapers) through friendship you! How blessed are we?!! 💞


  2. Janet bolinger says:

    Well said Mel. Love n hugs. Janet b

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  3. janeamok says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I am also thankful for your friendship, Melissa! xo


    1. Janea, I am thankful for your friendship, too! We first crossed paths in grade school when your sister and I were gymnastics partners and became friends when Nancy introduced us in high school. My all time favorite summer was the one the three of us spent together, what an adventure that was!! I am glad we all ended up in Seattle after so many years of living away from each other.


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