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On the fourth Thursday of November we celebrate Thanksgiving. Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, stuffing and all kinds of salads and desserts will be available. But most importantly FAMILY! I remember Thanksgiving with happiness and sadness. My mother LOVED the holidays. She was this amazing cook who would make homemade pies that has left me wanting her pumpkin pie, mince meat pies apple and cherry pies, I can still taste them. I remember the smell of roasting turkey filling the house. I was fortunate enough to be included in a family Thanksgiving dinner.


Traditions are a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday, and every American family has their own way of celebrating. The first American Thanksgiving Day parade was held in 1920, organized by Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, not Macy's as most people believe. The NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade tradition actually began in 1924, and has grown into an annual event of balloons, bands, and floats, enjoyed by more than 46 million people each year in person and on TV.


From stuffing the turkey to watching a football game. From the first Thanksgiving to today's turkeys are an American tradition dating back centuries. According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Shopping in your grocery store waiting to buy your Thanksgiving Turkey you start to wonder why there are so many items made from turkey like, turkey ham, turkey bologna, you get the point, why can’t the turkey just be itself on this special holiday. Once the turkey is bought and dressed and the mash potatoes are mashed, Vegetables are an important part of Thanksgiving, some of my favorites are carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie, all these vegetables will allow you to keep that diet you worry about, remember it’s not the minutes spent at the table that put on weight, it’s the seconds. One of the many Thanksgiving traditions is the fight over the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey. The tradition of tugging on either end of the wish bone from the Turkey, the winner being the one with the biggest end, gets to make a special Thanksgiving wish.


Last, but certainly not least, families brings thanks to their Thanksgiving table, with a prayer that gives thanks for the people and blessings of the past year. May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, may your potatoes and gravy have not a lump, may your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize. What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

I am indeed blessed. Take time to be thankful, to really look around and count your blessings. You have many, I'm sure.