It’s great to give thanks. I am very grateful that we live in this time period of Internet communication. I have never had so many connections in my life and treasure the new opportunities and friendships created through online communities and networks. I am grateful also that there is forgiveness (and not just for turkeys!) I am most grateful for my family and granddaughters, Frankie and Charlie. I thank God for His generous blessings of health and love. I looked back on the “tuesdays” I wrote last Thanksgiving and found some really fun stuff I forgot about so I thought I would share it with you again. I hope you have a wonderful time with family giving thanks for the blessings of this year.
A creative website
The History Channel has some amazing teachable moments about Thanksgiving including a short video history about our uniquely American holiday. Unfortunately, you have to weed through the commercials. Dig around a little deeper and you will find videos on unique ways to prepare turkeys, cranberry bogs, turkey assembly lines, FDR and Thanksgiving, debunking Thanksgiving myths and even a video on the Turducken - the turkey, duck and chicken. You take a duck, debone it, season it, debone a chicken, season it and stuff a turkey with both for a Turducken. Who knew? Enjoy this great Thanksgiving Infographic also.
An image to share
Every year since 1948, our Presidents have been pardoning a turkey by official proclamation. The History Channel even has some great video of some of those pardons (minus the commercials!) This photo is public domain from the Presidential website, www.whitehouse.gov
"On the Fourth of July we celebrate our independence. On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence."
William Jennings Bryan
This Thanksgiving season finds many Americans concerned about their finances. I want to encourage those of you in need to ask and for those of us who can help to give. There is no shame in asking for help. I think the greatest gifts I was given when finances were overwhelming was the conviction to become debt free. It sounds so impossible at first, but my husband and I have been methodically working on creating a culture of only buying what we can afford and never going into debt to purchase anything ever again. Most of all, being debt free allows you to be a generous giver. There is no magic formula or instant relief to financial strain, but once the mindset for debt free living begins, hope replaces despair. The single most influential advocate of debt free living is Dave Ramsey. I highly recommend that you check out his Financial Peace University course if you are hoping to become debt free someday.
I was also inspired by an article about teaching students finances at a very young age and came across an old TED Talks by Joachim DePosada and the “Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet” video. It’s hilarious to watch little 4 year-olds trying to delay gratification.
How do you do that?
How do you show gratitude? The way people celebrate thanksgiving is unique. If you would consider sharing how you and your family give thanks, please let us know in the comments below. If you don’t have time, please enjoy this electronic card by Jacquie Lawson that I made for you. Her electronic cards are by far the most creative cards I have ever seen. Give thanks always. Grateful thanks from Karen.
I am so grateful to live in this time of technology that affords us access to each other on so many levels of creativity and innovation.
Happy a very Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. I love this very special American holiday in which we give thanks to God for all He done and celebrate Him with the ones we love.
Thank you for being a faithful reader of "tuesdays." I am grateful for you!