CEDAR CREST CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Paul Braadt
1028 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 • 610-776-2005 • www.CedarCrestChiropractic.com
IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING Prosperity in Its Many Forms
wife, always purchased a fresh turkey from Jaindl Farms and got up early to put it in the oven. She had a special recipe, adding thick bacon strips over the breast meat to keep it moist and stuffing bread filling in the bird to flavor it from the inside out. She also made the best dark gravy from a reduction of homemade broth, adding the browned turkey drippings from the pan. The kids used to love watching her remove the turkey from the oven, patiently waiting to grab a piece of bacon off the top. It was delicious, even though our home smelled like turkey for a week! Michelle helped set the tables that we pulled together for the group of about 20. Then she patiently waited by the door for our guests to arrive, giving and receiving hugs while collecting coats. Although this preparation was a lot of work, when our family and friends began arriving, the atmosphere changed from preparation to celebration. An added tradition was going around the table before we ate and sharing what we were most thankful for. Mothers, of course, teared up while their kids giggled. It was interesting to watch the kids evolve in their appreciation for family after coming home during college break and recognizing that not everyone was as fortunate as they were. Exposure to the world outside of family increased my appreciation for the way I was raised. You may have started life in a nurturing environment, or you may have had to create it on your own years later. I think we can all agree that at this time of year, if we look hard enough, there’s always something we can be thankful for: family, friends, neighbors, productive work and purpose, good health, and the generosity of others.
Here’s a bit of history: In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag tribe shared an autumn harvest feast that we all remember studying as the first Thanksgiving in the colonies. These local Native Americans were very generous in helping the struggling Mayflower settlers, of which only half survived their first year. Thanksgiving became an official holiday with a declaration by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Many of us celebrate Thanksgiving in various ways with family, friends, and neighbors gathering for a special feast, watching football games (go Penn State), watching parades, traveling, and enjoying the smell of wood burning in the air, decorations, and reflection. Growing up in the America of the 1950s and ‘60s in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the community was generally traditional. Thanksgiving for me, as the oldest of six siblings, was filled with not only our large immediate family but also aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. We knew that not everyone was as fortunate as us, so we often invited others to share the festivities. This holiday included delicious food for kids and adults. My grandfather’s favorite was mashed rutabagas, while we kids doubled up on baked corn and pumpkin pie. The festive mood began when I woke up to the smell of turkey roasting and pies baking. Later on, we all watched the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. As the day wore on, family and friends arrived, and we watched football, hoping Penn State would make one of the Bowl Games.
To you, my patients, thank you for trusting me with your health. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with you to create a healthy life. On behalf of all of us at Cedar Crest Chiropractic, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
In knowledge and health,
–Dr. Paul Braadt
I continued these traditions in my own home with our daughter, Michelle. Georgette, my
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