Although Thanksgiving did not become an official holiday until 1941, it has been celebrated since as early as 1621. When colonists came over to America in the early 1600s, they were faced with very hostile winters. To celebrate making it through the first winter and to give thanks for a good harvest that would help them get through the next, they sat down together and enjoyed a feast that lasted for several days. Now I’m pretty sure that they didn’t have cranberry sauce, gravy, yams, pumpkin pie and whipped cream, green bean casserole, or watch the Dallas Cowboys on TV. It’s pretty safe to say that those are all modern additions to the holiday celebration. But it’s in spirit of those first colonists who settled this great land of ours that we should not lose sight of what the holiday is all about. We need to always take some time to remember what we are thankful for, spend time with the ones we love, and in the process maybe we can enjoy some good food and football, too.
It is in this spirit that I give you ten things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. This is not an all-inclusive list; it is just a quick snapshot of some of the things that immediately come to mind for me. The actual list is on-going and ever-growing, as yours should be, too.
- My children Nicholas and Jacob, I love them very much
- My family, I could not be where I am today without them
- Amazing Athletes, I am so blessed to have the opportunity to share my love of sports with children all over Tulsa and to watch them grow
- Turkey and football, my favorite thing to do on Thanksgiving Day is to eat too much turkey and watch the Dallas Cowboys
- All the men and women who have served and are serving in the military who make it possible for us to live in this great country
- The wonderful friends who continue to support me and prove that true friendship knows no bounds
- My dog Ellie for always being happy to see me when I get home
- My Oklahoma Sooners
- Cold turkey sandwiches, they just might be the best food associated with the holiday
Take a minute this week and be sure to tell the special people in your life that you love and appreciate them. Take a minute to count your blessings and think about what you are thankful for. Write them down. And enjoy all the turkey, stuffing, pies and other delectable delights that await you this Thanksgiving!
Today’s Fun Fact: The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times per year.