Thanksgiving is a time for food, grateful hearts, spending time with loved ones and giving thanks to God for the immense blessings in our lives. Spending time with family during the holidays is a special time of the year that I personally cherish. I enjoy being reminded of what God has given me every year when Thanksgiving occurs. There is nothing quite like family time during the holidays. These photos represent what I believe encapsulates Thanksgiving with family.
Left to right: Mary Ann Goodberlet (my grandmother), Debbie Turley (my aunt), and Audrey Turley (my cousin), posing for the camera and relaxing on the couch after dinner. This was the first Thanksgiving I have spent with a few members from my dad’s side of the family, which includes Debbie, Audrey and my uncle, Scott Turley, who is not pictured. All photos by Kate Goodberlet
The concept of giving is emphasized a lot throughout the holidays, yet often there is an idea of giving with the expectation of receiving something in return. One of the most life-altering lessons that I have ever learned was how to prioritize blessing others and expect nothing in return.
The stickers that adorned each box of cinnamon rolls that we shared during the holidays to bless others, changed designs on a yearly basis – courtesy of my mom and aunt’s world-renowned graphic design skills. In this one from 2017, they went for a festive polka dot combination. Photo by Lori Tippett
The holidays are quickly approaching, meaning families are breaking out their favorite holiday-themed movies to play in the background while decking the halls and making festive cookies. A quick, easy alternative to dusting off your old DVD cases is the Hallmark Channel, which plays a constant stream of Christmas movies for the two months leading up to Christmas.
Is there a better way to get into the holiday spirit than playing a Christmas movie, with perhaps your fireplace roaring in the background, as you decorate your home in shades of red and green? Graphic by Isabel Rinkenberger with photos by Lori Tippett and PJ Gal-Szabo
During this time of year, it’s easy to think about what you’re thankful for with holidays dedicated to finding joy and thankfulness. I think the art of giving thanks goes beyond just the holiday and should be an everyday practice.
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