As Thanksgiving comes in, we begin to look forward towards Christmas and New Years, often overlooking Thanksgiving altogether. What does Thanksgiving really mean to most Americans? Since I was little, all I ever heard about was food, football, and family. I agree with the food and family. While I may be caught cheering loudly for Kansas State football, I do not indulge in the NFL.
What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I am very thankful for God, my family, my Grimm’s work family, and my job. I get to work with some amazing people and do things for customers across the Northeast corner of Kansas and Southeast corner of Nebraska. While my family has dwindled down and spread across the countryside, I still remember the big Thanksgiving Day dinners at Grandma’s, with her famous chicken and noodles, turkey (of course), multiple pies and salads, mashed potatoes, and everything else. On nice days we cousins would scatter outside to build forts, play hide and seek, and wander the woods. On cool or rainy days we would stay inside and play pool or board games.
Now, my traditions include getting our Christmas decor up before Thanksgiving, but still focusing on it all. This year I completed the Holiday Creations for 4 of my maintenance customers in time for Thanksgiving. Using all natural materials: dogwoods, beautyberry, crabapples, sumac, juniper, arborvitae, boxwood, spruce, hydrangeas, and coralberry, I was able to create a sense of cornucopia for the harvest of Thanksgiving, and a feel for the upcoming Christmas season.
Through it all, my traditions continue to evolve and change as I get older and my kids grow up.
What traditions do you follow and what are you thankful for?