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Lisa says ...
The Thanksgiving I’m Most Thankful For is this one. My mom died about 2 years ago and my dad has been so lost without her. We relocated to CO earlier this year, while dad is still back in FL. When we were getting ready to move here, my dad said to me, "I'm afraid I'll never see you again." So, in honor of dad's 80th birthday, my siblings and I bought him tickets to come out to visit for 2 weeks and spend Thanksgiving with my husband, myself and our kids. This Thanksgiving will be a celebration for sure!
11/17/2011 2:44:53 AM CST
Luke says ...
I'm thankful that my turkey is coming from WHOLE FOODS this year!
11/17/2011 10:07:17 AM CST
Lindsey Clements says ...
I will forever be thankful for Thanksgiving my family and I spent together in 1999. That was the last Thanksgiving my Mum-mum spent with us. Cancer was slowly taking her from us but she wouldn't let that spoil the holidays. This time of year was always her favorite because she loved spending time with us and spoiling all her kids and grandkids. Every Thanksgiving is always wonderful but that one will alwys stand out to me.
11/17/2011 11:51:46 AM CST
kathy wilson says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most grateful for was the last one before losing my parents, 2 brothers, and a sister.
11/17/2011 12:52:07 PM CST
Zoe says ...
This will be my most Thankful Thanksgiving yet. Just knowing that the year we have all gone through is passed and it can only get better is a great feeling. Everything from moving to a new house, a new job, an accident with broken bones, surgery, possible cancer scares in the family, losing weight, running a half-marathon, and all those little things in between-just glad to be here for another Thanksgiving!
11/17/2011 12:57:33 PM CST
Rose Mazzarella says ...
Our families best Thanksgiving was in the year 2007. My nine year old son was at Children's Hospital Boston. He was undergoing a bone marrow transplant. My beautiful boy had been diagnosed in the summer of 2007 with AML Leukemia. This type of Leukemia has to be fought aggressively with chemo and full body radiation. He also had to undergo a bone marrow transplant. We were extremely blessed that our beautiful twelve year old daughter was his perfect match. Our daughter gave our son the beautiful gift of life. My son was admitted in the hospital the first week of August and now it was November and we will still there. The week of Thanksgiving was very stressful for us. Our son had not yet met one of the most important milestones of the transplant. In order for him to be discharged he had to be making his own blood cells that were from his sister's precious marrow. On Thanksgiving morning we were told that Matthew had "en-grafted" which means his body was making the blood cells he needed. We were beyond thankful. We ate a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner with the nurses, doctors and the other families who children were also fighting for their lives. We were so happy to be there at the hospital with all those amazing and dedicated hospital staff. It was truly the only place we wanted to be. It's been four years now since that incredible day. Our son is doing great and we remain to be so thankful. We will never forget the Thanksgiving of new life. Many blessings to all of you.
11/17/2011 4:56:45 PM CST
Lisa says ...
The first Thanksgiving after I moved to the Boston area from the midwest, i didn't know very many people, and my boss invited me to spend it with her family in Concord.
11/17/2011 6:33:13 PM CST
Jen Hill says ...
I am most thankful for my fiance. We've lost so much family and friends over the last few years, it makes us appreciate our time together even more...
11/17/2011 7:19:12 PM CST
Lynn R says ...
I can't pick just one, as so many have been memorable for different reasons: the ones where the whole family was able to get together; the ones where I was away from my family, but with a great group of friends; the ones where I was able to help less fortunate people celebrate and not be alone. How can I pick just one?!
11/17/2011 7:22:21 PM CST
Kathy says ...
Myself and a few friends, all being without family with whom to spend the holiday, put together a "lost children's" Thanksgiving. Someone's elderly mother came and taught me how to make gravy. My dog bonded with the quiet guy from work. The middle aged divorced guy shed a tear as it was the first Thanksgiving he hadn't spent alone in 10 years. It was the first holiday I ever spent entirely drama free, away from the critical and guilt inducing eyes of my family.
11/17/2011 7:40:49 PM CST
Lakisha C. says ...
I usually work on major holidays, but I don't mind. I miss out on all of the good food,that i only eat a few times a year and family that I dont get to see that often, but I am extremely blessed to have a full time job with benefits. Thats something that a lot of Americans dont have right now.........
11/17/2011 7:39:56 PM CST
Donna B! says ...
The Thanksgiving I’m Most Thankful For is the first one when I went vegan. My partner created a new Thanksgiving ritual of cranberry pecan pancakes so that the holiday could still feel special.
11/17/2011 7:49:32 PM CST
Ashley says ...
I don't know what year it was, and I honestly could be combining a few different times into one, but my most memorable Thanksgiving was when I was in high school. I was probably a Junior or Senior. We had very little family left in the area and our holiday dinners had been small for years. My mom sometimes invited people over to make the events seem less small and empty, which sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. This one particular year, we had let everyone and anyone know that if they wanted to come to our house for Thanksgiving or after their family's meal. Amusingly, many of my friends took the invitation to heart and MANY of them came over after they were done at their own family's Thanksgiving. Some of my friends had very early Thanksgiving "dinners", others were arguing with their parents, while others had divorced parents and awkward events that they just badly wanted to escape. We ended up with a party, and so many at the table. We sort of took in all of these teenagers last year, and the house felt warm and joyful for the first time in a long time.
11/17/2011 7:50:12 PM CST
Molly says ...
I'm thankful in advance for this year's Thanksgiving because I will be bringing my partner to a family holiday event for the first time.
11/17/2011 8:00:42 PM CST
annette r. says ...
I am thankfull for many things, but the one thing I am most greatfull for, is meeting my husband. This year will be our 2nd Thanksgiving together.
11/17/2011 8:04:33 PM CST
Jackie says ...
Over 40 years ago, my parents and five of us small kids came over to the United States after escaping Vietnam after the Vietnam War. With nothing but the clothes on our back and M&M chocolates given to us by the navy men who rescued us at sea.:) We settled in a small town in Oklahoma about an hour away from Oklahoma City. The people there embraced my family and took us in with open arms. They put a roof over our head, found my parents jobs, put us kids in school and provided food for us all. It was our first Thanksgiving in America that year. At that time, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the stuffings were funny tasting to us especially my parents since they were accustomed to their own food. But we didn't care,we still ate the food that was prepared and put forth before us. We had so many things to be so Thankful for, to just be alive and live in a land where freedom is a given right to all people. We were truly blessed and lucky to have experienced our first Thanksgiving with our friends and wonderful people who truly saved our lives!!
11/17/2011 8:27:14 PM CST
Connie Camit says ...
Mine is quite simple. I am most thankful for all the opportunities I had in the past to enjoy thanksgiving surrounded by family. My husband and I moved out of state (with hopes to provide greater opportunity for our school children & financial security for us as a family). How I miss them!!!
11/17/2011 8:43:57 PM CST
tara ansley says ...
This Thanksgiving I have alot to be thankful for. My father has been suffering for years with many illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, you name it, he has it. His organs are shutting down, he is almost completely blind, his spine is about to collapse and severe his spinal cord, and this year, will probably be the last that I will have the luxury of spending with him. My son is currentlly four years old, and this will probably be one of the last major holidays he will get to spend with my father, and it is something I will hold very near and dear to me as it will probably be the best I will have. I am so thankful for the many years I got to spend with him, and all the things he has done for me. I am truly blessed to have had such an amazing man in my life, and though things aren't going well at the moment, I will take this time to be thankful for the time that I do have, even if it is short lived. It fills my heart with sadness to know that my father's day may be drawing near; But I am thankful for the time that my son has had with him, as it could have been none at all. I am thankful for my son, thankful for my family, and thankful for every moment I spend with them. I am thankful for all that I have, it may not be all that I want and wish for, but I am so thankful for what I do have, and anytime I wish for something more, I think of the fact that some are not as lucky as me, and I am grateful for what I do have. I am happy for the memories, and even the tears, because that just shows that I had something special, worth crying over, and even that in itself is beautiful.
11/17/2011 8:45:45 PM CST
Claire says ...
I will be most thankful for THIS Thanksgiving. Last year on November 10th, my sister in law was emitted into the hospital ( four days after a serious car accident in which someone was texting and blew a stop sign, hitting my sister in law's car) a second time that week with severe pain, and loss of body temperature. Not two hours later she went into septic shock due to a ruptured small intestine. We almost lost her....The following 3 weeks consisted of us thinking "She is here one more day" That Thanksgiving she was still in the ICU. For the first time in the 20 years I have been part of this family we all spent Thanksgiving apart. Just two months ago she completed the set of surgeries that allow her to actually eat ( for 8 months she was on intravenous nutrition).... This Thanksgiving we have my sister in law with us, we are altogether, and she will be able to sit down and enjoy much of the meal too.
11/17/2011 9:27:52 PM CST
maria says ...
Thanksgiving, though I've lived in different places, even celebrated with a real American Indian at my first hosted Thanksgiving, my favorite is one that we shared much of my childhood- big dinner at Grandma's with the nice china, fancy table cloth and special kids table. Don't forget the pumpkin pie. One year we collected leaves pressed them and made place matts with the pressed leaves, construction paper and thankful verses. Thanksgiving and giving thanks-both favorites of mine.
11/17/2011 10:24:47 PM CST
Danielle says ...
The best Thansgiving I ever had was last year. My sister's and I ran in a local Turkey Trot. We were in a lovely park, together, some of us faster than others. All was quite because of the holiday and just as I approached the finish it started to snow. It was so beautiful..
11/17/2011 11:06:43 PM CST
PJHrdy says ...
I found a really interesting podcast to help everyone get in the Thanksgiving mood. http://youtu.be/IrxVqb0axTA Happy Thanksgiving!!!
11/17/2011 11:08:58 PM CST
Alma says ...
Life is a very precious gift that I am thankful for everyday. I love sharing the joy of Thanksgiving Day with my family and friends. The laughter the smiles the aroma of home cooked food and togetherness is so special. Love fills the air. We should all make an effort to spread this positive vibe everyday of ours lives. Be Thankful at all times. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
11/17/2011 11:23:22 PM CST
Michele says ...
Hello, Last year on Thanksgiving my dog was ill. We were also in the middle of a move, and cooking would have been difficult. At the last minute, my husband and I decided we would go to WHOLE FOODS and purchase our entire meal, and take our dog over my moms to eat. My mom has a very small place, so we all sat in the living room, with our plates on our laps. My dog, a little 4 pound Yorkie was in the middle of my husband and I on a pillow. I hand-fed her turkey - each piece dipped in a little bit of gravy. She seemed very happy and content. This was the last time my mother saw her. We all talked about how, despite the fact it was a last-minute get-together, and despite the fact that we did not cook anything, it was one of the best THANKSGIVING meals we ever had. My dog died on December 12th. Now THANKSGIVING is around the corner, and it will be painful to remember last year. We have decided to purchase our entire meal, once again, from WHOLE FOODS, and share fond memories from last year. Thank you WHOLE FOODS for adding to one of the best memories of our lives.
11/17/2011 11:58:26 PM CST
Lisa says ...
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The foods, the traditions, the tons of people that show up at the table. I've always opened my house to people that weren't going home to their own families. This year, I am especially thankful. After years of infertility treatments costing us all of our savings, somehow, I find myself newly pregnant. A total surprise. And joy. (and this is three years after stopping treatment).
11/18/2011 1:15:32 AM CST

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