It's hard to think back to the day's before Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday because I'm so focused on getting my Christmas shopping done early this year... but I had such a great Thanksgiving that I believe it's worth talking about. It started Wednesday evening when I decided to attend the Carlisle Area Religious Council's Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration.
This year the service was held at Saint Patrick's (my church) so it seemed like the right year to give it a try. It was so worth it! What a beautiful celebration of Thanksgiving and praise. There were a couple of readings and then prayers and thoughts from faith leaders and participants from most (if not all) of the denominations/religions you can find in the Carlisle Area (including our own County Commissioner Barb Cross). The Unity Singers were also there to enhance the service with beautiful music and they did a fantastic job!!

All in all, it was a great way to start off a holiday season by highlighting the actual meaning of the holiday that is often overwhelmed by other things.

And then, Thanksgiving morning I started with another activity that I hope will become an annual tradition! My parents, Cole and I participated in the YMCA's Turkey Trot! This is a 5/10K walk/run... we chose to do the 5K walk. Who knew when we picked up our race packets, in addition to our numbers and RoadID's, we would be getting a super cute t-shirt!?!?! I LOVE IT!

It turned out to a beautiful fall day; sunny and just a little chilly. We managed to do the whole walk (although Cole rode in the stroller or on my shoulders the entire time) in just under an hour... our official time was 59:58! Of course (and yes, if you know me this is an of course moment) I was wearing inappropriate footwear (Pink Chuck's... so at least I looked cute!) and ended up with blisters :( but it was totally worth it!
The funniest part was that the all of the race staff that was directing the race would say encouraging things (even to the walkers) like "think of all the extra turkey you can have".... and all I could think was "Turkey?!? this is for extra mashed potatoes and PIE! Turkey is good for you!!!"