“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder
On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November would be officially declared Thanksgiving Day. Since then most Americans have celebrated the day with friends and family giving thanks at a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes.
Interested in adding some variation to your feast? Try stuffed onions, grilled oysters, or a vegetarian bake. For recipes for these dishes, click here.
ENJOY YOURSELF! Take advantage of local activities and festivities by ice skating at The Depot, attending the tree lighting at Rice Park, viewing thousands of multicolored lights at Phalen Park, and enjoying the Holidazzle Village Nov 28 through Dec 24.
For a greener Thanksgiving, show your gratitude for the many ways the natural environment sustains and enriches our lives by implementing these “green” suggestions found at About.com:
- Shop at famers’ markets
- Start a compost pile with all your leftovers
- Make your own eco-friendly decorations
Giving back…Thanksgiving is a perfect time to share our blessings with those less fortunate than we are and to spread the spirit of friendship and community. Opportunities for helping others during this season are many and can involve one individual or the entire family. Some ways to foster goodwill and embrace the idea of sharing include:
- Contributing non-perishable foodstuffs to a local food bank.
- Sorting supplies, setting up /cleaning up, or serving meals on Thanksgiving Day.
- Clicking here for holiday volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities area.
- Remembering someone who lives alone with a dinner invitation or a warm plate of Thanksgiving food.
”Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”
William Jennings Bryant
Also, do remember to demonstrate your gratitude for our military personnel by contacting VFW Operation Uplink, a program sponsoring free phone calls for those men and women who are away from home while serving our country. You can also donate money or time to your local USO.
And… if you are fortunate enough to own a home, take a minute to give thanks for the advantages associated with that possession, benefits such as the buildup of equity, interest deductions, a sense of permanence in your community, and a solid foundation for your family.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!