10) Sweet Potato Casserole is considered a starch not a dessert.
9) Pumpkin Pie is considered a vegetable (at least it is by true connoisseurs of cuisine).
8) It is a secular holiday that encourages everyone of every creed to heed the advice of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “give thanks in all circumstances (NIV)”.
7) Fried Turkey (so moist!)
6) Baked Turkey (the classic!)
5) Smoked Turkey (falls off the bone, melts in your mouth!)
4) No School (my children demanded this make the list.)
3) It commemorates people from two drastically different cultures coming together to give thanks and celebrate one another. (Yes, the peace did not last and the resulting conflict between European settlers and Native Americans ended in disaster and genocide. And yes, it is still worth celebrating the initial good intentions in hopes of encouraging history to not repeat itself.)
2) It was first celebrated on a national level in 1863 during some of the most painful days our nation has ever faced.
1) Family, Friends, Colleagues, and You! Thanks for being a part of our lives!
From the Cantrell Family to your family, Happy Thanksgiving!