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Blessings of the Season Celebrating Thanksgiving Traditions
I have been ready to celebrate Thanksgiving since September. My family had pumpkins in our house well before October. Summer lasted long enough; I was more than ready to usher in the fall season early and start planning for my favorite holiday.
“No matter who we’re with, Thanksgiving is always a fun time full of love and great food.”
My sisters are all quite a bit older than I am, and my memories of childhood Thanksgivings are about getting together with my sisters and my grandparents to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Each year, we prepared dinner up until the last possible minute, and before we said the blessing over the meal, we took a moment to talk about what we were all thankful for. This is a tradition that continues to this day. My husband’s family always gets together at his aunt and uncle’s house. With John’s family so spread out, Thanksgiving is the one time of year they can all get together. We alternate who we celebrate holidays with, spending Thanksgiving with one side of the family, Christmas with the other, and then swapping it for the next year. No matter who we’re with, Thanksgiving is always a fun time full of love and great food. I love traditional Thanksgiving food. You can bet my plate will be full of turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, and, of course, pumpkin pie. Beyond the great food, one thing I really love about Thanksgiving is how it ushers you into the holiday season. These next several weeks will get pretty crazy, and I really value the opportunity to get together with loved ones. The warmth of the holiday helps get your heart in the right place. I have a box set of the Peanuts holiday specials, and nothing warms my heart quite like
watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Plus, this is around the time that stores start to play Christmas music. I look
forward to hearing Christmas music while I’m out shopping and watching Hallmark Christmas movies at home. I do love Christmas, but Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. During Christmastime, the kids are more focused on the excitement of getting presents, and parents are focused on the stress of buying presents. Thanksgiving doesn’t have that baggage. It’s nice to have a holiday that encourages everyone to take some time to remember what they are thankful for. This past year, I have been getting back into fitness, so I am really thankful for my health, the health of my family, and my ability to help maintain the health of my family. I am also thankful for how much Rockport accomplished in the last year. Last Thanksgiving, we were still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. I am truly grateful to see how much our community has been able to rebuild and thrive. It has been a privilege to be a part of Rockport, and I feel thankful to call this community home. Happy Thanksgiving. May you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful day together with a great meal and lots of fun.
–Dr. Valerie Sperry
Sabal General Dentistry • 361-729-1333 • 1
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