If you’re one of many looking for Thanksgiving-themed information– be it on recipes, greetings, or other wishes of the season– you may be nearly overwhelmed with what is available to you online. Or maybe you’re having a hard time finding just the right answer to your Thanksgiving-related query. Food, hopes, and special messages to our loved ones are a common source of news and searches today; here are just some of the details on these topics to simplify your quest.
A primary source of Thanksgiving news and searching revolves around — what else? — food. How can you put together yummy dishes for Thanksgiving? Today people scour the Internet in search of how to prepare green bean casseroles, how to cook their favorite entrees in the oven, what else they should cook; they are thinking about just how much food they’re going to be devouring. Over at the Daily News, they know this, which is why they are including recipes for turkey from Ina Garten in their article, which was a hot topic online itself this week (remember, you always have the option to substitute a delicious veggie roast for yourself or your vegetarian/vegan loved ones, like the one found here with Quorn).
But there are other Thanksgiving wishes on the agenda this and every season. Take “Thanksgiving Wishes,” for example, a program through West Michigan United Way, as reported by Terri Finch Hamilton with The Grand Rapids Press/Mlive.com. Every year you can check out the wishes of those in need on Thanksgiving Day to find out how you can help. People are sometimes searching for something to be thankful for, and the wishes aren’t always monetary or gift-like in nature– sometimes, it’s just a little of your time. For example, a home for veterans takes volunteers to share some of their company because, like volunteer Betty Remer stated, “I know how important it is to have visitors.”
Maybe one of your goals is to find special Thanksgiving poems, or Thanksgiving quotes that you can use in special messages to loved ones. Thanksgiving messages are as abundant as the people who celebrate, so before finding the right one for you this year, ask yourself about even the littlest of things for which you may be grateful to be more sincere and poignant.
Take Elaine Kennedy’s thanks, as told by World Post at USS Post. One of the simple things she is thankful for includes that her geraniums on the balcony are still blooming. Use little sources of inspiration like these in your own life when giving out your Thanksgiving greetings this year, rather than ripping off quotes from the Internet. The best Thanksgiving sayings may actually come from you, and at least they’ll be personal and honest.
It doesn’t matter who you are — you are likely to have your own hopes for the holidays, as well as the ability to grant the wish of someone else this season. You could be like one of the workers from Thanksgiving Wishes, who spent time making a few bathrooms wheelchair-accessible as a donation of his time (it came from funding provided through the program). You could give of your skills, even if you don’t have money to donate. It doesn’t even have to be a stranger– you can be like Betty Remer and deliver soup to a friend who couldn’t get out, or send a card to a friend once a week just because (a wish Remer herself wrote once).
Keep in mind too that, when you do good, it can even grow exponentially beyond your own contribution. Sherri Vainavicz at Heart of West Michigan United Way is one helper who will match Press readers who can help those in need, continues Hamilton. The elaborate meal prep or special greetings may be on most people’s minds, but maybe we’d all be more thankful this Thanksgiving if we tired ourselves out on assisting others and not just ourselves.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes: How to cook a butterball turkey in the oven, green bean casserole, NY Daily News
TURK’Y ROAST, Quorn
WorldPost, Thanksgiving Wishes, USS Post
Terri Finch Hamilton, Thanksgiving Wishes kicks off with reader’s suggestion for something nearly anyone can do, The Grand Rapids Press- Mlive.com