At some point in late October the Halloween decorations slowly lost shelf and floor space to a few Thanksgiving mementos then were totally displaced by Christmas décor galore by October 30.  And the holiday music? It too has crept closer and closer to being played in stores before Thanksgiving day! It seems to me in the rush to get pre, pre black-Friday specials and you-don’t-want-to miss-this-deal messages out to the consumer, retailers small and large, mass market to mom and pop have lost focus as to the significance of Thanksgiving. Beyond the modern day bounty of turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans, etc., Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and to give an approving nod to the preceding year.

Of course, most of us aren’t harvesting much these days except perhaps a few veggies from a backyard garden but there is plenty of thanks to be had. So as we head into this holiday week and before we over indulge on Thursday and over spend on Friday, we ask you all to reflect on your personal harvest and pause to give thanks.

We at Williams Group Public Relations want to say a warm and hearty thank you to our clients, our colleagues, editors, producers and reporters, the Fed Ex man, the frame shop owner, the graphic designers and our tech support team – basically all those who touch our day-to-day life we call PR. We are grateful to be part of an exciting field and surrounded by family and friends who fearlessly follow us down the rabbit hole every day of the year.  

I’m …

I’m thankful for the amazing loved ones and colleagues in my life that mostly get me … even when I start a story at the midway point they seem to strap on their seat belts and wait to see where the journey will take them. Also, I am beyond thankful to our clients and networking partners that make each day different and exciting.

~ Don

I’m thankful that I have a smart, bright creative team to push me, yet one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. We laugh, a lot. I’m also grateful for the flexibility in my job that allows me to spend time with my family both at home and away so I can always be creative and energized to tackle whatever life throws my way.

~ Carol

Of course I’m most grateful to have my little nugget! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a mama and to see my husband be such a proud papa. Aside from having her be healthy and happy…we’re thankful she’s chubby and cuddly.

~ Jane

I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to go to university. I don’t think I could afford to go with tuition fees as high as they are now, so I’m grateful that I was able to get a degree when I did!

~ Thea

I’m thankful for family and friends, my amazing daughter and that I have friends and co-workers that make me laugh every day! For sunny 70 degree days in November and yes, sometimes working from the office on the beach!

~ Laura

Now, please pass the pie.