Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Thank you so much for an incredible year! I wanted to take this time to tell you just how thankful I am for your love and support. 2014 has been a magical year, and given so many blessings, and I know it's because of wonderful people like you that all this has been made possible. As my family prepares for our traditional gathering around the table, to share our love and thanks, I'm wishing all of you the absolute best. Whether you are traveling to be with loved ones, or they are coming to you, I hope all your memories are ones you will cherish for an eternity.
These are the days that really matter, the time we are given with those we can't imagine not sharing in our lives. In 1995 and 1996 two of the people dearest to my heart moved on to their next journey, and when I look back today, it was memories from the holiday season that remind me how blessed we are to have people in our lives. That blessing may only be for a short time, or it could span for generations, no one knows. So it's my hope that you'll take the time this year to put aside all differences and remember what really matters. Family. None of us are promised tomorrow, so shouldn't we make today truly count?
Our tradition brings all the women into the kitchen to share in cooking, or attempting to, and catching up over time lost when our lives kept us busy with other endeavors. The men will usually hang around outside, either listening/watching sports or doing the Turkey on either a grill, or the fryer. I have to be honest when I say I don't know what they discuss, but I'm sure in their own way they are catching up as well. It's a tradition that's been with our family as far back as I remember my Granny Louise or Granddaddy Crawford. Even years later, this Southern Tradition of ours has continued.
No matter where life takes us over the years, this is the one time we are all brought back together. I hope that you and your family, enjoy your traditions. I also hope that no matter where you are, or how and if you celebrate, your heart is filled with love. We've already put up most of our Christmas lights, and wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up our tree. I'd love to hear about your traditions. For any of you that don't have someone to share this holiday with, know that you'll be in my thoughts. My heart aches to know that this is sometimes the loneliness season for many people and I would like to reach out those without family and offer my support. I'm only an email away!
I give thanks to all of you wonderful people, and hope that your blessings are many. Wherever you are, may the spirit of the season fill you with a sense of joy. Every day that we are given one more sunrise to open our eyes, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.