Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey, y'all! I don't know how I managed to get scheduled to post on Thanksgiving, but I did. But it gives me something great to talk about! For all our International readers, today is Thanksgiving in America. It's a day where we eat a lot of food -- a roast turkey being the centerpiece of the meal usually -- and give thanks for all the blessings in our life.

There will also be the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (if you've ever watched Miracle on 34th Street, then you've heard of the parade) and football.

When I was a kid, I loved watching the parade while my mom fixed the Thanksgiving feast. The smell of turkey and the sights and sounds of the parade are indelibly mixed in my mind. For me, it's not Thanksgiving if I don't have the parade. I don't sit and watch it all, but I like to hear it while I cook.

I don't always host Thanksgiving at my house, but this year it's my turn again, and I'm so excited about it. I've been brining my turkey (first time ever), and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I've been planning the menu for weeks. We're having the usual things - turkey, Cajun sausage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, corn, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, yeast rolls, pumpkin pie, and apple pie. We're going to be full, that's for sure!

But the real reason for Thanksgiving isn't the food. It's to remind us of what we're thankful for. This year, I am thankful for so much. My in-laws are here for the holiday, but back in May, I'd have never thought this possible. My father-in-law had his fourth open heart surgery, with a valve replacement, and died twice on the table. We didn't think he would make it.

But he's here, sitting across from me as I write this on my laptop, and I'm grateful for that.

My parents are coming over too, and I'm so happy that after years of military moves around the world, we are finally in the same place and can spend time together.

I'm happy that right now, right this minute, everyone is healthy and happy. We never know what tomorrow brings, but today is good and I'm going to enjoy it with the people I love. I am also thankful for you, my readers, who enjoy my stories and keep buying my books. Without you, I wouldn't get to do this awesome job. You make it all worthwhile.

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, blessed day today! Happy Thanksgiving to all, whether you're in America or not.

Tell me what you're thankful for today. And if you're American, tell me what you're cooking today. :) I love hearing about the food you are preparing. :)

Lynn Raye Harris is a USA Today bestselling author who writes glamorous, sexy romance for Harlequin Presents. You can learn more about Lynn and her books at You can also follow Lynn on Twitter @LynnRayeHarris or visit her author page on Facebook,


Kaelee said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lynne. I'll be watching the parade on TV.

I'm Canadian so I celebrated Thanksgiving Day last month but you can never count your blessings too often. I'm so happy my husband and I are healthy. I'm so thankful for my extended family. I'm happy that my sister will gain a new grand kid next May. I love my two cats and all the different pets within the family.

I'm going to a diner for turkey supper tonight. I should of been prepared and cooked a small bird for the two of us. My husband said he would take me out. I'll miss the leftovers though.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Hi, Kaelee! Happy Thanksgiving to you! I agree that you can never count your blessings too often. :) Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for. I hope you enjoy that turkey dinner tonight. I just put my turkey in the oven about an hour ago -- I think there will be a lot of leftovers this year. My bird is 22 pounds!

marybelle said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm thankful for each new day. Adventures await.

ev said...

Every holiday that we have with my husband (who is no spring chicken or in the best of health) is one we count ourselves lucky for.

Dinner was a feast at one of the steo-son's homes- turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans, fire roasted root veggies, cranberry's and 7 different kinds of pie.

Then I drove home for two hours. I'm also thankful for audio books so I didn't fall asleep while doing it!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Marybelle! I like what you're thankful for. A very good thing to remember!

Ev, you made me teary-eyed. Yes, every holiday with a loved one is special. I hope you and your husband have many more together. The feast sounds divine!

Michele L. said...

We had all the traditional turkey menu items. Homemade stuffing, cranberry relish, deluxe mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pies, apple pies, pecan pie, umpteen casseroles, ham, smoked hams, smoked turkey, fried turkey, baked turkey, etc. It was a feast!

We had 21 people but enough food to feed an army! Happy Holidays!