ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Thanksgiving Message

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

I suspect Thanksgiving will look different for many of us this year. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. We usually have a packed house and it takes a week to prepare for the entire family to come and gather. On my mom’s side of the family, we’ve reached a point where the oldest living patriarch is the young/old age of 90. We want to play it safe this year and keep the table small.

Yet it’s not all gloom and doom this holiday season. Traditions are good, but I’ve always wanted to volunteer to help others on this day of Thanksgiving. This year, I’ll finally be volunteering somewhere so others can enjoy their holiday in the morning, as I won’t need to prepare our usual feast. I suspect this volunteering will consist of packing or delivering meals. If it’s delivering meals, I’ll also include something extra from our family. I’m not sure if that’ll be a plant from Pine Tree Apple Orchard or something from Knoke’s—just a little something to place a giant smile on someone’s face.

America isn’t the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving. According to History.com, so do Canada, Germany, Liberia, Japan, Norfolk Island (I had to look it up too), Grenada, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico. We can still pause to celebrate our harvest and give thanks for the year, though for many, it hasn’t been an easy one.

I know I have so much to be thankful for, but even I forget and sometimes need to remind myself. In our fast-paced world, it’s good to pause from time to time.

I recently received an email that said, “We enjoy the many blessings flowing from our seven grandchildren!

Is that what this is all about? Yes! Count your blessings all year, not just one day a year.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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