Thanksgiving Magic

Exactly two weeks from now, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving! It is so hard to believe that this time of year is here again. I am very excited for the holidays to arrive!

Though this time of year can be crazy, busy, stressful, and emotional, I try to focus on the good that the holiday season brings.

I have always been the type of person that goes all out for the holidays and enjoys them to the fullest. They bring me joy and excitement and they add a little spice to life.

Thanksgiving Day Traditions

We get up early on Thanksgiving morning to get food prepped and to set up the dinner table. Time passes quickly as we prep as much as we can.

Before we know it, the time has come to sit down and enjoy Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on TV! Watching this parade has been a tradition ever since I was a little girl. For those that have never seen it, the parade takes place in New York City every year and consists of floats, dancers, singers, and the grand finale is Santa Claus! I’ve never been to the actual parade; I just enjoy watching it from the warmth of my home!

The parade lasts three hours long and gets my family and I extra excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Traditions truly do make the heart happy as they transport us back to happier and simpler times.

Dinner Time

The turkey goes into the oven while we are watching the parade and takes several hours to cook. In the meantime, the side dishes and desserts are being made and set out on the table.

We always eat our Thanksgiving meal around 2:00 pm/3:00 pm, this is much earlier than we usually eat. It is almost a meal that is smack-dab in the middle of lunch and dinner. Very outside of our normal meal times.

Back when my grandparents were still living, Thanksgiving was hosted at their house and our family would all travel and meet there for good food and good company. I truly miss my grandparents and other loved ones that have passed on, especially during the holidays.

Since they have passed, we all have started celebrating within our own immediate families for the most part. The holiday memories will live on, and we are continuously making our own.

After the table is set, we all sit around and say a prayer and mention all that we are thankful for. It’s important to practice gratitude every day, but we make a point of saying it out loud on Thanksgiving Day.

 Being Thankful

Life is never going to be perfect or anywhere close, but we all have something to be thankful for this holiday season. It can be as simple as having hope or having the chance to be with our loved ones.

However, you chose to celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope that you stay safe, have lots of fun, and realize all that there is to be grateful for!

Thanksgiving Reminder

A lovely holiday is here and what a great reminder it is to give thanks for all that we have. Each and every day we can keep positivity and happiness in our hearts by giving thanks for what we have and counting our blessings.

This year has been an extremely difficult and challenging year for us all, we are all facing something that we never have before along with other challenges that we face in life. It can be easy to focus on the negatives and what we lack, but we should turn that around and focus on the positives and what we have. This Thanksgiving and every day make sure to remind yourself of all of the great things you do have in your life. You may have to dig deep, but there is always a silver lining.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

I am beyond honored to accept the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!  I was kindly nominated by the lovely and talented Fen at http://thoughtsbyawallflower.wordpress.com.  She has great work, please stop by when you get the chance.  Fen writes about many topics all pertaining to life.  She has been so kind and supportive and her content is a joy to read!

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Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you, with a link to their blog
  • Make a post of the award (with a photo)
  • Post the rules
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers

My Responses to Fen’s Questions:

 1) What is your goal in life? I have several, but my main goal in life is to spread love wherever I go.  I want to touch the life of every person I meet in some way no matter how small. 

2) What is your favorite memory? There are so many great memories, some of my absolute favorites are childhood memories spent with family, including holiday gatherings and special occasions.  I love being surrounded by family.

3) What is your favorite life lesson?  To trust in timing.  It’s so hard to be patient when you want something in life, but as the years go on, I can see life unfolding like a puzzle, I’ve seen this on more than one occasion.  I truly believe that timing is everything, if it’s meant for you, it will find its way at the right time.

4) What do you want to be remembered as?  Someone who is loyal, trustworthy, and someone that is always there for people.  I truly care so much about helping others.

5) What is your biggest regret?  I don’t really have any regrets because I feel that things happen for a reason.  One thing that I would have liked in my younger years is to not have let shyness stop me from great opportunities.  As an adult, I am very outgoing, yet reserved as well.

My Nominees:

  1. http://blogofthewolfboy.com
  2. http://writingmyheartout.com
  3. http://youmattertolife.com
  4. http://myjoopress.wordpress.com
  5. http://writingtofreedom.com
  6. http://thelifeofpebz.wordpress.com
  7. http://irefusetogiveup.wordpress.com
  8. http://mycountrylifeblog.co.uk
  9. http://colleensconversation.com
  10. http://orlandoespinosa.blog

My Questions to the Nominees:

  1. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  2. What was your motivation to become a blogger?
  3. What is your goal for 2020?
  4. What are three words that best describe you?
  5. What is your best piece of advice about life?

Congratulations on being nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!  I truly admire your work.  Participating is completely your choice, keep up the great work and let’s continue to spread love to our blogging community!