Give Thanks


photo via Rifle Paper Co.

Happy Thanksgiving! Where are you celebrating? We are heading to Indy, Cincinnati and West Lafayette to see both my and Dan’s family. A little tour de midwest over the next few days to celebrate what we are thankful for and break bread with loved ones.  This year, I am so thankful for my family (fur-babies included, of course), friends and our collective health. These are all the obvious things, but they are truly the most important and cannot be taken for granted. I lovelovelove this time of year and Thanksgiving is the commencement of a season filled with love, giving, parties, cozy fires, peppermint mochas, festive lights, cheesy Christmas movies on Lifetime and Christmas music. They don’t call it the most wonder time of year for nothing!

Confession: I believed in Santa for a really long time…like through 5th grade :) I really held on tight that year but finally relented after Christmas. It is just such a fun and magical tradition and made Christmas morning that much more special (it didn’t hurt that my parents did a really good job of making him seem real). Sneaking down in the wee hours of the morning to find a special hand-written letter to me, a fallen sleigh bell and soot near the fireplace, half-eaten cookies and milk…what could be more fantastical to a kid?!

That said, many families are going through hardships and will not get to experience the joy of the season. While I will be doing some gift guides on the blog this December and look forward to the giving and receiving that goes on on Christmas morning, it is also important to give back as well. I’m planning to participate in the Children’s Home + Aid gift drive as well as donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What are your favorite ways to give back this time of year?

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

photo via The Bojon Gourmet

Before I sign off, here are a few Thanksgiving links from around the web for your enjoyment:

Tis the season! xoxo

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