Thanksgiving Holiday at MMI – What Are You Thankful For?

At MMI we honored this annual celebration with a Thanksgiving lunch for all employees, featuring sandwiches made with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. We also held a “Thanksgiving Dessert” contest with the staff bringing a favorite holiday dessert and prizes given for the best in Taste, Presentation and Uniqueness categories.

 We asked what we are thankful for at this time of the year. Here are some of the responses:

AVERY – I am thankful for life, family, friends and healthcare.
EILEEN - I am very thankful on Thanksgiving – and every day I am alive – for my family, my health and my job.
TRISH – I am thankful for my child, Katelyn.
L.E. – I am thankful for everyday of life, for everything I have and for the use of all my five senses that let me appreciate all there is.
CLAIRE – I am thankful for the health of my family, great friends and co-workers and a job that I enjoy.  I am grateful for my son, my husband and our families.
LILLIAM – “Celebrate life with family & friends – make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”
CELESTE – I am thankful that God has blest me with a realm of people in my life (my children, grandchildren, friends and family), that I can share the good times along with the not so good.  To get up every morning with the bliss of knowing I’m going to a job, and will be with people that I truly enjoy.
TORI – I’m grateful for my large and caring family. I’m grateful I’ve never known serious illness, hunger, despair or loneliness. I’m grateful for being born in America. I’m grateful for the special few people I consider my friends. I’m grateful for all my amazing memories and experiences. I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve received. I’m grateful for the capacity to recognize and appreciate beauty in all forms.
CARLOS – I’m thankful for the unconditional love of my wife and family. I’m thankful for the trials and tribulations as they are humbling experiences which help me grow. I’m thankful for my youth, being able to see, touch, smell. I’m thankful for my faith and a loving father in heaven. I’m thankful for my job that helps me provide a roof over my head and food in my table.
TRACY – I am thankful for my family.  I am extremely fortunate to have parents that are great role models.  I am thankful for my husband and son that make each day an adventure.
ADAM – I am thankful for being able to have my family and my wife’s family all in one place for the first time this year.
TINA – I am thankful for my friends, family and my faith.

Thanksgiving should always be in our hearts, not just at this time of the year, but always. Remember to be thankful for that which you have every single day and fill your life with many little thankful moments.


 “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

 A Bit About Thanksgiving…

Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents and millennia. As an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, in ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Historians have also noted that Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores. Furthermore, both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.

 In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, at the height of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend into his tender care all those who have become widow, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation”. He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November.

 In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621.

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