Thanksgiving: Relax, Be Thankful, and Make It A Holiday

Mums & Gourds

I have no statistical support, but I suspect that this week must be the peak of grocery store injuries. Shopping carts zip around like overloaded guided missiles, and distracted shoppers are a health hazard.

There’s a Thanksgiving feast to prepare, and serious cooks have a laser-beam focus, and a faraway look in their eyes. Casual customers like me have no business being there, but it’s certainly entertaining to watch.


Like most people, we love the “typical” foods for Thanksgiving – turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, a green veg, and of course, pumpkin pie, but we’re also OK with alternatives. Last year, we were in Santorini, Greece for the holiday, and had a wonderful time. Our hastily concocted feast was delicious.

And if you believe the media, Thanksgiving is just the lead-up to the Main Event … Black Friday! As the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday has two identities. For some, it’s a shopping frenzy and the best time of year to snag great deals. For others it’s the slippery slope into the black abyss of consumerism.

According to the dictionary, a Holiday is “A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.”

This year, relax, be thankful, and make it a holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving,
James and Terri


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

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