Thanksgiving is by far my most favorite holiday.  We have a tradition to go to my brother’s in-laws in the country.  They live just far enough out of town to know that you’re in the country, yet not so far that you can’t easily drive out and back in one day.  They are the most loving and welcoming family, and the day is filled with many examples of what I’m thankful for.

I’ll try to list just a few….

First, of course – my family is there!  With one notable exception – this year my son will be working in Lubbock and won’t be home…boo-hoo!

Second, the beauty and peace of the country.  I feel so relaxed and at home when I’m there.

Third, we always have our ‘corn’ ritual.  Each person takes 3 kernels of corn, which represents the original Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving, and shares three things they are grateful for.  I have yet to make it through this ritual without tears of love and joy!

Fourth, delicious food….and many that are my most favorite:  mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing and pie!  Accompanied by a nice glass of red wine!

Fifth, and most important – is the overwhelming sense of gratitude for the many, many blessings which I enjoy:  prosperity, health, friends, family, freedom, work and God.

Lastly, I’m grateful for the inspiration that led me to create By The Grace of Tea.  It’s another area of my life that I call a “God thing”….I don’t know where the idea actually came from, but over a series of a few weeks, I experienced a perfect storm of experiences that led me down this path.  It really is an interesting journey – learning about packaging, merchandising, cost of goods sold, and all of those fun business practices.

Now, if I could just figure out how to turn the word and essence of gratitude into a word that ends in TEA.  What do you think of gratitudiTEA?

Happy Thanksgiving and the richest of blessings to you!