Holiday 2013 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The holidays are a magical time of year. Sure there are parties, presents and plentiful indulgences. Our celebrating usually includes feasting, four-day weekends and football games. But what makes the magic is the time we spend with our family and friends to give thanks for the blessings in our lives.

Soon the holidays will be in full swing and Americans will start by celebrating Thanksgiving. I can’t help but wonder what the pilgrims and Indians – who met for what is believed to be the first Thanksgiving – would think if they observed the holiday with us today. Since that first meeting (which was neither a feast nor a celebration) Thanksgiving has taken on new meanings throughout its evolution and traditions still vary among families.

But one constant thread remains woven throughout our celebrations. Thanksgiving is a time to be happy. It’s a time to be grateful for what we have and what we’ve been given. Not the material things, but the people, the blessings and the simple pleasures. Don’t just take my word for it. Eight-year-old Alex, says it best…

Thanksgiving
By: Alex P.

Thanksgiving is a time when people give thanks,
Nobody really cares about what’s in the bank.

Tons of happy families are all around,
And I never saw a smile that was up-side down.

Every single family gets together,
But sometimes grandparents complain about the weather.

All I’m trying to say is that when people have a good time,
It doesn’t cost a single dime.

So when you get together and eat lots of food,
Just try to remember, be in a GREAT mood!

Regardless of how you are planning on spending your Thanksgiving and holidays, I hope that you find yourself happy and healthy. Surround yourself with family and friends to create lasting memories and be thankful for each moment in your life.

Happy Holiday!

Amy Hines, Editor
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