The Holiday Season has officially arrived. The stores are buzzing with people as they grab last minute items for their turkey dinners, hams and all the trimmings. Kitchens everywhere will have aromas that fill the air…mmmmm good. Children will be anticipating the month to come; lists will be made; store ads looked at and Santa will be waiting at specific locations throughout the world. It’s that time of year again.

My wish for all is to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Be grateful for all that you have and try not to let Black Friday take away from your family holiday. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hoopla and advertising each time you turn the television or radio on. The pressure is on, and that’s no way to go through this special time of year. One of my own daughters is stressed about gift giving already. My thoughts are this…If you can’t afford it (purchase gifts), then you clearly shouldn’t, besides we haven’t even had our Thanksgiving Dinner yet. Find a way to be less stressed; practice gratitude and be content while surrounding yourself with those who love and care about you. Try to be your best.

I am ever so grateful for all my family and friends; including those who’ve never met me yet read my column and share opinions. I’m grateful for the life I’ve lived, and the memories made and shared. I’ve accepted my mistakes and have learned to live with gratitude. My biggest wish for all is to be able to do the same and remember, a random act of kindness can brighten someone else’s day. May you all have a Fabulous and Blessed Thanksgiving.

Make this Holiday Season Count.