November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

There’s something about Thanksgiving that makes it my favorite holiday. Whether that be because of the crisp fall air, the good food, the amusing table conversation, or a combination of it all. Regardless, every year I look forward to sitting down with loved ones and inhaling piles of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole.

A few years back, when I was still in college, I wasn’t able to make the trip home for the ‘Johnson Family Thanksgiving’. So instead of Skyping my folks back home while microwaving up a frozen turkey dinner, I hosted a “Friends-giving” with my roommate and a large number of our friends. Although it wasn’t perfect, and I don’t think we even had turkey (no one wanted to take on that battle), it really gave me that Hallmark Holiday warmness. Because even though I was away from all of my family I was with the people that had become my support system and that I loved.

What I’m trying to say is that the Friends-giving I had 4 years ago is the Thanksgiving that I learned what being thankful truly is. I was so grateful to have created a home away from home and have found a group of people that felt like family. And the next year when I actually did make it home to spend the holiday with my family I realized how much I truly took it for granted.

So whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with your relatives, or with the family you’ve created, I wish you the warmest holiday.


Nora Johnson, Editor