As the mom of a young elementary child, the holiday’s each year take on a special new meaning and new traditions begin as she evolves in age. In school, she is learning all about the Pilgrims, the Indians and their first feast of Thanksgiving. At home we look forward to watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (a staple for me since I was a little girl), staying in pajamas for a long extended morning as we bake our favorite Pumpkin Pie and of course watching Snoopy and his pals in a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. 

While we don’t do a fancy table or beautiful centerpieces at our harvest table (as the designer in me cringes and I think of all these beautiful ways to decorate), we look forward to gathering with our family and enjoying the day relaxing and eating. Joyful memories are brought up of past Holiday’s and loved ones that have moved on. Yet one thing that we always do each year is recite what we are thankful for and why. Each year it differs, as families expand and homes change, but the underlying message is always the same…we are always thankful for our health, our loved ones and for another crazy, fun-loving year. 

As I get older I want to capture these moments in some way and keep them all year long. Especially on those long winter days when there seems to be no end in sight to the cold. Or, perhaps on those days when life just seems to be getting you down and you need a little extra perk. This year I’m going to start a new tradition and create a Thankful Tree. Here we can capture those moments of Thanksgiving and remember to be thankful for them all year long – not just on this one day. Perhaps you already do this or decide to implement this into your life as well. Regardless of how you spend your day, always remember that each day is precious and our loved ones – near or far – are always in our heart as we gather around the table.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Lisa A. Haude

Paradigm Design Group