By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: November 9, 2016

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”
 ~Thornton Wilder

 Dear Red Hot Mamas,

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is here again.  The year seems to have gone by so quickly.  I wanted to not only wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, but also talk a little about why this holiday became a national tradition.   I’d also like to share my thoughts with you my reflections as to what I’m personally so thankful for.

 Now, here’s just a little bit of history.  Since 1621, every fourth Thursday in November, we have celebrated Thanksgiving.   The Puritans arrived in Massachusetts in 1620.  After a very coarse winter, about half of the Puritans died.  For those who survived the rough winter, they sought help from the Indians.  The Indians taught the Puritans how to plant crops and corn.  By the next year, 1621, their harvest was plentiful, so the Pilgrims wanted to give thanks and they held a feast.

 So, on Thanksgiving, we celebrate this national holiday in honor of the sacrifices the Pilgrims made for their freedom.  And, the prosperity we have had in America because of them.

 We celebrate with our families and friends and are thankful for the joy of being united with them on Thanksgiving Day.  As, well as for feasting on turkey, potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

 And, now, what I’m grateful for.  Yes, I love autumn with the crisp fall weather and the beautiful vibrant colors on the leaves of the trees.  I’m also thankful for the opportunity to connect with all of you online through our newsletter.  You have truly made my life happier when I hear from you through your e mails that you have enjoyed the information Red Hot Mamas provides to you through our newsletter and on our website.  I personally thank you for your kindness and support.

 I’m also thankful for my family; my lifelong friends; my two dogs Marco and Mary Jane whom I love to cuddle with; my good health; and let’s not forget my great coffee I so much enjoy every morning.

 I do hope that you all are fortunate enough to have good health that you are thankful for.  And that your efforts to eating healthy, working out and getting plenty of rest have been beneficial to your health.

 So, in closing, I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving Day.  I hope that enjoy the love, support and kindness of your family and friends.  And, remember the staff at Red Hot Mamas is grateful to have you in their lives, too.


 Karen Giblin