happy thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to the OH Community!

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

The ObesityHelp team wishes members of the OH community, visitors, and our social media community a very Happy Thanksgiving. We appreciate you sharing your experiences and support on ObesityHelp.com as we make the journey together!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Make It Special

Random acts of kindness.  Make it a tradition by doing one (or more) random acts of kindness on Thanksgiving, or during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Send your thanks. Sending gratitude notes for Thanksgiving would be such a welcome surprise for loved ones who can't be at the table with you. Send an e-card or a heartfelt email to let them know you are thinking of them.

Truly connect. Ask your guests for something specific they are thankful for. Rather than generalities of being thankful for "my family, job, etc." make it specific to a person at the table.

Turkey trot tradition. Take a walk after your holiday meal as your own version of a turkey trot. Other ideas would be to play football or sit around an outdoor fire. After all of that cooking and eating indoors, it feels nice to step out into the crisp Fall air.

Continue bonding as a group. Watch a movie together that appeals to all ages in your group.

Reach out. Invite a single or elderly neighbor over for Thanksgiving dinner, or take them a plate from your table. Share your bountiful blessings with others.

Turn off devices. Mark a central place in your home for guests to put their devices. Make it a distraction-free holiday so you can connect and engage in conversation. Fill up on fellowship instead of just food.

Do You Know: Thanksgiving Facts

  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard."Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
  • The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build off the land.
  • Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.
  • The 'wishbone' of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The first Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
  • TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving -- by 26 TONS! Some industrious soul came up with a brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus, the first TV dinner was born!
  • When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale. Her other claim to fame? She also wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a Little Lamb."
  • Black Friday is more than shopping.  Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service. After all, someone has to clean up after household guests who "overwhelm the system."

Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~ Erma Bombeck

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In the stage of life, characters come and go after their performance. If someone is gone, just smile and clap in appreciation for them, for what good they did and what lessons they taught. ~ Anonymous

Somewhere along the course of life, you learn about yourself and realize there should never be regrets, only a lifelong appreciation of the choices you've made. ~ Anonymous

Lastly, remember that Thanksgiving is one day of the year. You can continue the good feelings and an attitude of gratitude you feel today to every day.


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