APN PT - November 2019




extra special now that the cousins are all adults. We play games, watch TV, and just relax and enjoy each other’s company. This year, I’m most thankful for my niece. She just turned 1, and she’s such a blessing in my life. I’m so lucky to be her godmother. My favorite part of Thanksgiving has always been the food. Our family is Cuban and Italian, so when it comes to good food, we really can’t be beat. We cook up a traditional American Thanksgiving feast each year, but my abuela throws some Cuban dishes on the table, too. When it comes to food, my Thanksgivings have become extra flavorful since I started dating my boyfriend. We’ve been together for five years. His family is from Jamaica, so their Thanksgiving dishes are really cool. Getting to enjoy two big feasts on Thanksgiving is already great, but being able to share in two different cultures and try so many great foods makes the day extra special. My puppy Zeus is what I’m most thankful for this year. He was a gift from my boyfriend, and while I might be a little biased I’m pretty sure he’s the best puppy ever. –Genna Aguiar

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” –Willie Nelson Thanksgiving is coming up, a time for food, family, and traditions. This month, we’re sharing some of the great Thanksgiving traditions our team enjoys. Every year, I look forward to sharing a nice feast with my family. After a long day in the kitchen, we gather around the table and each take turns sharing what we’re most thankful for. This year, I’m thankful I get to share the holiday with the people I love most — and I don’t have work the next day! We always spend Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family. It’s tradition! Our family is huge, so we set up a bunch of tables in my aunt’s living room. My dad cooks the ham, but we end up buying the turkey every year. And every year, it’s delicious. Before we can dig in, however, we all take turns talking about what we’re thankful for. There are 25 of us, so it can take a while, but it’s worth it. I like sharing those moments of gratitude with my family. After dinner, the parents go Black Friday shopping and all the cousins hang out at one house together. We’ve been doing this since I was young, and this tradition has become –Peter B. McHugh

Each year, my Thanksgiving plans tend to change. As you get older, the family situation changes, and not everyone is able to get together like you once did. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving meant dinner at my parent’s house and football games at the high school. These days, it’s a little more random. When I moved into my house 10 years ago, I decided to start my own Thanksgiving traditions. I wanted to spend the day with the people I love most, so my perfect Thanksgiving is just my parents, my boyfriend, and myself. That way, there’s always plenty of pie to go around. I feel fortunate to have so many things to be thankful for this year. I’m thankful for my health and my family; I’m thankful I still have both of my parents; I’m thankful for my awesome boyfriend and my dogs; and I’m thankful I have a great job and my own house. Thanksgiving is a time when I look around and realize I’m pretty blessed.

–Laura Chmielewski

We hope you have good food, great company, and plenty to be grateful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

–Gabriella Aguiar

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