Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving -- Reflection, Gratitude, and Blessings

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection -- a time to hold onto that hug a little longer-- to sit quietly and take in everything around you--

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a celebration of the first successful harvest in the new world. The pilgrims wanted to give thanks to the Wampanoag Indians since they taught them how to grow and harvest, ensuring their health and well-being. In these early days of celebrating, the Native Americans travelled over two days to arrive at this week long Thanksgiving event and accepted the fruits of the great harvest.

In 1863, President Lincoln designated a day in November for all the colonies to celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time. Today, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November with bountiful food in the company of family and friends.

We challenge you to start a "gratitude" journal. Nothing elaborate, just one or two words written down each day. Next Thanksgiving, open this book and relive the year. This will be your Thanksgiving gift to yourself. You will realize how rich your life is and how it will continue to be, when shared with your loved ones.

The Queen of Hearts has been humbled this year by her overwhelming success and wants to thank each of you for your patronage and continued support of our wonderful dealer-merchants. Our "gratitude" book is overflowing.

Happy Thanksgiving and may you and your family be blessed in every aspect of life.