Thanksgiving Greeting

Thanksgiving Stock Illustrations – 156,306 Thanksgiving Stock Illustrations, Vectors & Clipart - DreamstimeHappy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate.  For years and years, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.

Christmas is okay but… it comes with so many other obligations and pressures that sometimes it’s hard to enjoy.  Easter is my favorite religious holiday.  The church music at that time of year is top ten.

For me, Thanksgiving is just a quiet holiday.  There isn’t a lot of pressure.  There aren’t a lot of expectations.  No gifts are involved.  No cards are involved.  No wrapping is involved.  All you have to do is make some food and possibly clean the house if you’re the host of a get-together.  It is so much easier to enjoy.

…and that’s what I’m hoping I’m doing as you read this.

The Kramer kids, my kids are all starting to arrive.  Some arrived last night.  The food is coming in the door.  The whole house is starting to get loud with kids and dogs and adults and timers going off.  It’s a hustle and bustle but a good kind.

For years and years, I dreamed of days like this.  A house filled with family that loved each other and tolerated each others’ differences.

We are so blessed to not have back behind-the-scenes squabbles.  The kids adult and littles truly get along.

Sad news for all of us…
We are missing a few of the families this Thanksgiving.  Kelli’s family is home sick with the flu.  At one point on Tuesday, all three of her kids had puked.

We are missing Kayla and her family.  Jasper is home sick with RSV.

It makes for a much quieter house today but we’re all okay…ready to be overeating soon.  I’m sure some Ticket to Ride will be played.

I think Buck and the kids are staying most of the weekend which means Kalissa and the crew will likely be here much of that time too.  The kids love cousin time and we try to make sure it happens when Buck is home.

Where ever you are this Thanksgiving, alone or with family, I hope you have a wonderful day and are able to take a moment to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.

19 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Greeting”

  1. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jo!! Enjoy the day with the kids and grands who aren’t sick. Win at Ticket to Ride!!

  2. Judith Fairchild

    You enjoy one of my favorite holidays. Family Friends and fun. Praying for the grands that are sick. That Jesus heals them quickly.

  3. Cheryl in St. Paul

    Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family. Prayers for the littles who aren’t feeling well. I am p,aging for worship at 9 and then can relax with family.

  4. We are in Texas for the winter and will eat at the clubhouse with others here in the campground. Lots of good food and the opportunity to meet people. Being grateful for our lives after the pandemic. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. My husband and I had a quiet thanksgiving and made a dish that included the dressing, Turkey, potatoes and cheese in layers. It was a new dish for us and very easy. Will have plenty to eat on cold days.


    Hope your families will recover quickly.

  6. I have felt the same as you about Thanksgiving. It has been my favorite holiday for the very reasons you mentioned, plus I just love fixing the dinner. Now that I live in my home state, I get to celebrate with extended family and all I had to make to contribute to the meal was dessert (three pies – apple crumb, pumpkin, and pecan). It was a fun day. I am sure you had a lively household even missing the two families – so sorry they were sick

  7. Darlene M Johnson

    Happy Thanksgiving Jo.
    I so agree with your assessment of the holidays. Thanksgiving is a no pressure holiday. Christmas, gives me anxieties!
    We have had tough time gathering family this Fall. October my birthday celebration was cancelled because my daughter had Covid. In November, my daughter’s was cancelled because her son had RSV. Now for Thanksgiving my son’s little boy is sick. I sure hope everyone will be healthy at Christmas!

  8. Margaret in North Texas

    Jo, you are so right about less distractions around Thanksgiving. Just concentrate on family and food. May those who are ill recover quickly.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving Jo! I had a busy day cooking for my ND daughter and three grandchildren. One has an egg allergy so my daughter found a vegan pumpkin pie recipe. I made it and it actually tasted good. I did make time to play some with the grands though. We see them only 2-3 times a year. I hope your family members recover soon. It’s no fun to be sick on a holiday.

  10. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Our get together was small this year. Usually at least 20 but due to illness, etc….
    Praying your family is better soon.
    Love and prayers

  11. It was the first Thanksgiving without my brother, so that part was hard. But being with my kids and grandkids is such a blessing. It’s a small family and we all get along, too. I’m happy and thankful for that.

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