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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Goose is Getting Fat!

"Thanksgiving is coming, the goose is getting fat.  Please sir, put some money in the old man's hat.  If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.  If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you..."

Now don't laugh, my friends.  I know this is a Muppet Christmas song.  But it just appealed to me as I wrote this blog post.  Because when you think about it, it fits.  You've got the goose getting fat, a man putting out his hat and giving.  Why not flip this to Thanksgiving?  ;)

There are a lot of people in need.  Right now a local radio DJ, a fixture in our town, is sitting up on a cherry picker, enduring 48 hours of cold and the elements to help raise money or bikes for Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Marines.  These bikes will be given to needy children who live in our area this Christmas.  What a fabulous annual witness to our town!  I'm amazed every time I drive by this awesome spectacle on my way to work.  It truly is phenomenal.

So what is the greatest gift of Thanksgiving?  It's a celebration of survival.  A joyous feast of the harvest signaling we'll be well fed, spiritually and physically.  It's also a time to share that bounty with others less fortunate.

What are you thankful for?  I'm thankful for my family and friends.  For God's grace and the freedoms I enjoy.  For my debut book, and Jean and Stephanie's good fortune too!  Their Crimson Romance debut releases in 7 days!

So I leave you today with some quotes I found interesting:

"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelves minutes.  Half-times take twelve minutes.  This is not coincidence."  Erma Bombeck

"The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game.  It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy."  Bob Schieffer

"There is one day that is ours.  Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American."  O. Henry

Blessings for a peaceful day of preparation and celebration!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?  Are you cooking?  Watching football? 

Katherine

9 comments:

  1. That's a Muppet song? I thought it was just an old traditional carol. I've heard it all my life and I have never need a Muppet movie.

    Anyway, I am trying to write a book, make Thanksgiving happen, and get ready for a blog tour that coincides the with release of Sweet Gone South the Monday after Thanksgiving. It will all happen. Only lack about 12K on the book, which is due January. Thanksgiving--well, I am accepting help this year something that is hard for me. Flying by the seat of my pants on the blogs. Good thing my pants have wings. Oh, I am not buying Toys for Tots this year or giving to St. Jude's--as much as I believe in both. I am part of a joint effort to buy livestock for starving families.

    Also, I am going to fit the Iron Bowl in.

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    1. Hey Stephanie (or this Jean?), that song has been around, but I remember it most from the Muppet Movie. ;)

      Good luck on your writing and upcoming release!!

      War Eagle! Muahahaha!

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  2. No football here...surprise, surprise! :D For the first time in years, Thanksgiving will be at someone else's house. I'm so thankful about that I'm giddy since there's too much going on at my house....book writing, wisdom teeth pulling and the likes. Yet, I'm still cooking....Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potato Pies are coming from my kitchen.

    As per tradition, the evening will be filled with family at the movies. Which one we'll see is yet undecided. Our big age gaps of interest are showing this year, but fun will be had by all! :D And then we shop.....

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    1. Sounds like you have a great spread planned, Lesia!! And there's nothing better than sharing Thanksgiving with friends and family. I know you're going to have a great time!

      Movies too! We usually go to the movies on Christmas Day. Very cool!

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  3. Oh! And we've got Toys For Tots gathered, food for the Food Bank, and a concert to give at a local nursing home to start things out right. I'm sure in there somewhere will be books for the library too...because I do love me a community library! <3

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    1. Thank you for sharing with those less fortunate. It's a great and noble thing to do. ;)

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  4. I am going to visit my mamma's and with Pantster. I plan to eat a lot at both places.

    Then Saturday watch some football!

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    1. Sounds like you have great plans, Stephanie! I hope you have a great time! ;)

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