Thanksgiving is the warmest, kindest holiday of the year. All you need is a warm heart and a bit of gratitude and you've got a great day. You don't have spend tons of money. You don't have to be a great cook.
Food for the day can span the range from gourmet to kitsch and tradition to new. My table will probably feature a bit of all. My only hope is that everyone finds a nibble that they enjoy.
Once, I tried that Martha Stewart - magazine perfect - holiday table. I borrowed my mom's family china. I polished silver. I purchased glassware worthy of the settings. I fretted over tablecloths, centerpieces, side dishes, seating arrangements. Everything looked great and I think my family and guests had a nice time - except for the argument that broke out between two sister-in-laws - one from each side of the family.
This was not my favorite Thanksgiving. I learned that paper plates are just as fabulous as china. What makes the dinner is a friendly and grateful heart. Be it hamburger or turkey - what makes the day is a warm heart.
My thanksgiving prayer - that all my friends and family new and old, near and far find warmth, love, acceptance, and grace in their day today, tomorrow and always. I am grateful for your kind presence in my life. I pray you know you are a cherished blessing. I am so thankful for you. Amen.
This rainbow appeared outside our plant yesterday. It was huge!