Another year has rolled around to one of America’s favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. The name says it all and says it beautifully. This is a day to give thanks. 

DH had a minor surgery on Tuesday, nothing serious, just a tune-up. After we’d picked up a pumpkin pie and a nut pie from Wildflower for our Thanksgiving dinner, he said, “I’ll tell you what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for medical professionals, for nurses and doctors who, when something goes wrong, can fix you up.” I said an amen to that.

I’m thankful he’s still with me. As many of you know, he had a major heart attack, which we were told he should not have survived, in December of 2015. But his heart made an amazing recovery and he’s now in excellent health. So, on this day, I’m giving thanks.

What are you thankful for?

I listened to several Thanksgiving background music videos and this one is my favorite. Peaceful, a little jazz, pop, guitar, flute, even a touch of sitar. Mellow. Enjoy!

FunFacts about Thanksgiving (Source) (Source)

  • In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November our national holiday of thanksgiving.
  • Congress made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.
  • Every Thanksgiving Day, it’s estimated that 42 million Americans drive fifty miles or more to celebrate with family and friends.
  • The top turkey producing states in America are: Minnesota (who leads the way), North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Indiana.
  • The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade took place in 1924.
  • Black Friday isn’t just for shopping. Apparently, it’s the busiest day for plumbers, too.
  • Four places in the United States are named after the turkey: Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; and Turkey Creek, Arizona.
  • Only male turkeys gobble. Females cackle.
  • Here’s a quote, explaining why turkeys are called turkeys: Why is it called a turkey? Oh boy, this will take some explainin’. Back in the day, the Europeans took a liking to the guinea fowls imported to the continent. Since the birds were imported by Turkish merchants, the English called them turkeys. Later, when the Spaniards came to America, they found a bird that tasted like those guinea fowls. When they were sent to Europe, the English called these birds “turkeys” as well. (Source)

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15 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.

    I’m happy to give thanks even if it’s not our national celebration.

    Pie would not go amiss either.

  2. I love the pictures of the pumpkins, especially because I love the color orange. I don’t really enjoy eating it except as pie (with lots of whip cream). As for Thanksgiving I don’t like making a huge feast (mostly because I hate the clean up) so for the last four or five years we’ve gone to Golden Corral. Sometimes people come with us and other times it’s just us and our youngest who still lives at home. I look forward especially to the ham and mashed potatoes and gravy. Personally, I’d be fine with only those two items.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving everyone ! I’m thankful this year for our country. Even though we have problems it still is a great place to live. I’m thankful for friends who stand by you through the good times and bad. I’m thankful for family and my husband. He was in a car wreck Sept 20th this year. He had his arm out the window and shattered both bones in his arm requiring surgery with 2 plates in his arm. He hasn’t gone back to work yet but is doing good. He could have easily lost his arm. On top of that he had eye surgery which had problems. So I’m thankful that I have him with me still this year. I’ve been blessed this year by making new friends whom I’ve never met in person,only on the internet. I wish that everyone has a blessed and happy thanksgiving today and take the time to realize how fortunate we are. Remember there has been so many who have lost everything this year . Sorry for the long post today. Thank you Caris for what you bring to us each day. God bless each of you.Oh and thank you for the alka- seltzer for after all the wonderful food Lol

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Count your blessings every day but especially today as we gather together with our greatest blessings – our families and friends.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Caris and everyone on this blog! I am thankful for so many things this year. My family and my health, my continued employment, a great boss, good friends, my new home, and my new car I just bought yesterday lol! I hope everyone will be enjoying a scrumptious turkey dinner today. Gobble gobble gobble, or since I am female I should say…cackle, cackle, cacklelol!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here. I am thankful for my family, health, a home to live in, safety and security, the wonderful people who make a difference to others, our first responders, and last but not least, the fine men and women of our armed forces, police, and firefighters. Thank you to all the folks who make a difference in the lives of others.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Today, I’m thankful for the continued health of my mom and that we’ll be able to have the windows and door open while our turkey roasts. It’s supposed to hit 82 degrees here in the high desert. I’m thankful to you, Caris, for all the beauty you bring into my world with the photographs you find and share.

  8. Wishing everyone here a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

    I’m thankful DH and I enjoy excellent health.

    Both of us lost a brother this year. My brother was the surprise baby of the family.
    He was way too young to suddenly die.
    Hubby’s brother suffered for six weeks before passing.

    We are thankful that we had them in our lives, but being human we still mourn their loss.

    Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for what we have, and had.

    Love the photos Caris.
    As usual, you have chosen pictures of beauty.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Love all the pictures. I love the pictures of fall. The color is fantastic. And the food . . . Yum!

    I am thankful that I have roof over my head and am warm and snug. There was some doubt about that earlier in the year.

    I am thankful that my daughter is coming for dinner, even if she is bringing her best friend – her dog Falcor. Actually he is a sweetheart. A big baby even. So I really don’t mind. It will be wonderful to see my kid!

    I am thankful for the friends I have made here. Thank you so much Caris. Have a wonderful day!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! Spending time with hubby and friends today. They had to hide the Deviled Eggs from me!! Everybody be safe please.

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