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Claire says ...
My brother announced that he wouldn't be with us for Thanksgiving this year, as he was going to spend it with friends and his girlfriend out of town. My mother is devastated, but trying not to be too upset about it. The Thanksgiving I would be most thankful for is if he surprised her by being home for Thanksgiving with his girlfriend.
11/14/2011 11:16:07 AM CST
Kelly says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for is the one that happens after the parties. After a full day of seeing relatives and eating delicious food (which I love, don't get me wrong), I head back to my parents' house to spend the night. I love that time alone with them talking about the holiday and all the family news. That time that's "just us" is so rare now, and it reminds me of all the nights I took it for granted when I was a child.
11/14/2011 11:38:59 AM CST
Kayla says ...
I'm most thankful for the Thanksgiving we had a couple of years ago. I had just moved back home, mom had suffered a stroke, and dad had just been laid off from his job. It wasn't the most fancy or anything, but we were all thankful, blessed, and loved each other. It was a wonderful time, even though we didn't have much!
11/14/2011 12:10:04 PM CST
Brittany says ...
Most of my family lives in New Jersey, but I spend the larger portion of my childhood years in Ontario, Canada. It was strange to not have school off for American Thanksgiving - but we always took it anyway. Canadian Thanksgiving happens in October over a weekend, but it is not as big of a holiday as it is in the states. My dad worked for an American company, so we would often have his co-workers and their families over, or visit theirs. Eventually, American Thanksgiving grew to a ton of close friends and neighbours. My friends, my brother's friends, my parents' friends and co-workers - up to 50 people at times. The culture in the area we lived was very diverse - Indian, Italian,Irish, Polish, Czech, German, and everyone would bring one of their favourite dishes from 'home'. We taught them about an American tradition, while all being thankful for more than our country. Today, I don't often get to have Thanksgiving with my family, and so have started the tradition with my own friends and co-workers. We gather as many people as want to come and cook ridiculous new (if not sometimes terrible!) recipes. Those Thanksgivings as a kid will always be my favourite though - I loved getting my friends out of class, too!
11/14/2011 2:55:54 PM CST
Rachel says ...
When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always make a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for our family. But as I got older, so did she, and it got to the point where she was no longer able to make those wonderful meals I so cherished. Instead, our family would go to one of the restaurants in the nearby Amish settlement and enjoy a tasty meal there. A few years ago, while I was in college, I decided to put my foot down. Thanksgiving was about the food, and it just wasn't the same when we weren't cooking it. I told my mom I wanted to have a REAL Thanksgiving, and she replied, "Okay, are you going to be in charge then?" I took her challenge and declared that we would have a homemade Thanksgiving that year. My dad made a turkey in my tiny oven in my apartment (and made a huge mess of course!) and my mom, future husband, and I made potatoes, casseroles, veggies, and dessert. My extended family also signed up to bring dishes and the whole meal turned out wonderfully. As a result, we've had a homemade meal at Thanksgiving every year since.
11/14/2011 4:35:27 PM CST
Katie Paine says ...
I am most thankful for the beautiful, compassionate, and giving people in my life. They make my days brighter.
11/14/2011 6:33:12 PM CST
Heather says ...
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to have healthy, natural food options on the Thanksgiving table. The holidays seem to always be associated with over-indulging and libation but this year, I'm grateful to be able to provide healthy options for me and my family.
11/14/2011 6:31:24 PM CST
Cheryl V says ...
I think that I am most Thankful for Thanksgiving last year. It was the first one I have not had with my family and it was really hard. I am so grateful that we had family here to go to on the day and I am thankful that both my dad and father in law are here - both are cancer survivors.Being together means so much more to us now.
11/14/2011 8:14:04 PM CST
Johanna says ...
I am most thankful that my husband is not on a deployment this thanksgiving also thnat we have food shelter and clothing in these hard times is the necessities that really matter
11/14/2011 8:54:02 PM CST
Vickie says ...
I am most thankful for my health, 3 beautiful daughters, my wonderful son in law and Justin. I have a good job and a good life. I am thankful for that. I don't take it for granted. I know I am truly blessed.
11/14/2011 10:28:04 PM CST
kassidy witnauer says ...
This thanksgiving I am most thankful for my mother. Its been a tough year for our family, but my mom continues to put my sister and I first in whatever she does as well as strive to be the best 3rd grade teacher she can be. And trust me, not only is she a teacher but she is a great role model and shoulder to cry on for those little kids. My mom has worked so hard to become a wonderful teacher and mother. All week long she will find time in her busy schedule to do special things with my sister and I while still making time to put hours into her school work, keep an extremely clean house and cook delicious dinners. Teaching is her speciality but being a mom is her passion and it is so obvious every day of the year. I am so thankful for her more and more each year as I grow up and realize how much she actually gives up and does for my sister and I. She is supportive of everything I do and always gives me her best advice. She has helped me become the person I am today and it is my goal in life to live as unselfishly as she does and hope my children can say these things about me.
11/14/2011 10:41:35 PM CST
CO Mama says ...
It might have to be this Thanksgiving. My FIL is battling stage IV lung & brain cancer & my hubby was just diagnosed with lymphoma. We have so many special memories to make this year as we spend time together as a family & much to be thankful for, each day is a gift!
11/15/2011 12:27:30 AM CST
Lisa says ...
I'm thankful that I get to spend Thanksgiving in America this year. I'm actually from Australia and am coming to spend the holiday with one of my best friends and his family. I am thankful that I get to experience a celebration which is so important to Americans.
11/15/2011 4:34:00 AM CST
j.J. says ...
The Thanksgivings I'm most thankful for, where the ones when we were kids and lived 8 hours or more away from the rest of our families. Not only was that a long drive with little kids in the car, but Christmas was in the middle of snow season, and there was a big risk that there would be too much snow to visit. So, Thanksgiving was the last time we got to see our relatives until Easter. It was a big party and conglomeration Thanksgiving, Christmas and a couple of birthdays thrown in. And despite all that, it was still about family.
11/15/2011 10:06:47 AM CST
Nichole says ...
The thanksgiving I'm most thankful for would be all the ones I had as a child with friends and family. As we grow up we grow apart so it's good to look back and remember when everyone was together!
11/15/2011 10:09:31 AM CST
Elizabeth says ...
The Thanksgiving I’m most thankful for is any and all Thanksgivings that my children, husband & I are alive, healthy, and happy on. It really is all the little things that are the biggest! God bless & Happy Thanksgiving!
11/15/2011 10:20:34 AM CST
Lauren says ...
I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving. At the beginning of the year my husband and I were transferred from VA to CA, away from all of our friends and family. It seemed like a horrible thing at the time, especially because I was 7 months pregnant with our first child. However, living out here has been the greatest adventure of our lives. It hasn't been all easy and wonderful. My husband has been gone for military reasons a good portion of the time we've been here, and with a newborn that has been difficult at times. But the challenges have made us stronger people, and we are so grateful that we have had the opportunity to live in the beautiful Bay Area. This will be our first Thanksgiving with our son and we will be celebrating it together, just the three of us, and reflecting on all the blessings we have been given this year. It will also be our first Vegan Thanksgiving! :)
11/15/2011 3:26:54 PM CST
Lisa Schaffer says ...
I am so very thankful for all six of my kids! Even though we've dealt with Asthma, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and complex heart defects twice, I am thankful for every experience I've been blessed to live through. Burying a child was the toughest, but oh, how I learned about myself and LIFE during my son's short 9 weeks here on Earth. I never imagined I would be a mom, and certainly not six times over. I am blessed!
11/15/2011 2:48:44 PM CST
Maryann says ...
I am most thankful to have a supportive and loving husband, a beautiful home, two adorable cats and to have a chance to enjoy another holiday season with family.
11/15/2011 2:45:38 PM CST
Beth Mickens says ...
It's so true when they say you never appreciate what you have until it's gone. My family and I used to have traditions for every holiday: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas...and they always included a trip to my grandma's house. We would always gather together, play games, have fun, eat great food and just enjoy time with family that we rarely ever saw during the parts of the year. Then she passed away a few years ago and the tradition was broken. We no longer get together for holidays and when we do, it misses that spark that grandma brought. I may be sad and disappointed about how we have let the traditions die, but now that I am an adult with a family of my own, I am starting my own holiday traditions. She has taught me how important family is. Nowadays we get stuck in a work and money rut and forget about what's most important. I'm thankful for everything she has taught me the past 20 years that she was alive. And I'm even more thankful that I have a family that I have been absolutely blessed with to carry on those traditions with. Even more this will be my parents very first vegan thanksgiving! I'm so blessed that veganism has helped them both become happier and healthier. The transition for them was a cinch thanks to all the amazing vegan products that Wholefoods carries. Happy Thanksgiving!
11/16/2011 8:11:53 AM CST
ladyjake says ...
Eleven years ago, Nov 23, 2000 - My boyfriend and I were hosting both our parents for Thanksgiving dinner, for the first time, in our small one-bedroom apartment ... I dropped the beautiful and presumably delicious two-layer pumpkin pie on the kitchen floor as I was taking it out of the oven, and tried my best not to cry. BF insisted it was the perfect time to have a pre-dinner Champagne toast - I bucked up and headed to the living/dining room, glass in hand. He made a beautiful toast that ended with "Will you marry me!" We've been married for ten years and have been hosting both families - with all siblings and their families - ever since!
11/16/2011 1:19:12 PM CST
David says ...
To my beautiful wife and best friend, who I'm thankful to have in my life and for her saying 'I Do' to a someone like me this past summer
11/16/2011 2:57:24 PM CST
melissa m says ...
I'm thankful that my boyfriend will be home from Afghanistan before Christmas.
11/16/2011 7:20:31 PM CST
Quiana says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for was when I traveled to Finland to be with my now husband. He was working there and cold and lonely and I brought Thanksgiving with me in my suitcase from Boston. It was a fun memory!
11/17/2011 12:56:03 AM CST
Eliana Marks says ...
The Thanksgiving for which I am most grateful is the one I was able to have shortly after finding a safe window in my life to leave an abusive relationship. I felt deeply grateful to be alive, to have the space and time to heal and be with people who truly cared for me and relished the chance to begin again. Most of the details of that Thanksgiving gathering escape my mind now but I remember a deep sense of relief at finally being free from a very narrow place in my life and grateful for the strength, ingenuity and will I had to do what I needed to do to create a new life. For those things and all those who stood by me, believed in me, and continue to love me, I am grateful. I am keenly aware of my blessings each day since so that each day has in some sense become Thanksgiving!
11/17/2011 12:56:35 AM CST

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