It’s almost time for family and friends to gather around the dinner table filled with turkey and all the fixings to say what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

Just as I do, I’m sure we all have much to be thankful for. 

I am thankful for my husband, my three beautiful daughters, all of my family and my friends. 

I am thankful to be able to get up everyday and put my two feet on the floor.

I am thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends. 

I am thankful for church weddings and trips to Cancun. 

I am thankful for my job and for my coworkers. 

What are you thankful for this holiday season? 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Often times we forget to take a moment to soak in all the many blessings that we have in life.

But as Woodrow Kroll says, “Concentrate on counting your blessings and you’ll have little time to count anything else.” 

I’d also like to give a shout out to the many organizations and individuals who have provided Thanksgiving meals to those who need a little extra help during the holidays. 

The need is obviously there, and the ones I’ve spoken to who have received a Thanksgiving meal are more than thankful for the blessing.

As everyone sits around the Thanksgiving table this holiday season and shares what they’re thankful for, they could also consider creating a “gratitude tree.”

All one needs is a small tree branch and some paper leaves where individuals can jot down what they’re grateful for and then hang the leaves on the tree. 

Some also suggest instead of asking what are you thankful for at the dinner table ask instead, “Who will share a story about a time you were thankful for someone at this table?” 

Memory tablecloths also are a different way to share. Use a vinyl tablecloth with felt backing and let each person write a memory. 

All in all just soak it all in this holiday season. Take in the best sight of the holidays: the people around the tables. 

May you enjoy a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Ashley Conner is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at