This week was Thanksgiving, and what a perfect holiday for a celebrant such as myself. It’s full of ritual and family and meaning. It’s a distinctly American holiday and perhaps because of that, it is something we celebrate in many ways. Each of us brings our own character to the traditions, from that special stuffing recipe (Kent always tries to replicate his mother’s potato and bread filling), to shopping or football, the history of the holiday, and of course the thanking itself!
For those who are hurting, whether laid off from a job, a lost home, or suffering from depression, illness or a profound loss, I’m thankful to be able to help in some way. Giving is a greater gift than receiving, really, this is true. I hope you have done or will do something to help someone else this holiday season. Locally we have many great organizations and I encourage you to donate locally, as you will get a bigger bang for you buck, and as they say, ‘think globally, act locally.’ Some of my personal favorite local organizations are Pocono Area Transitional Housing, Women’s Resources, A.W.S.O.M. and Operation Chill Out (help for homeless veterans) – just to name a few.
I’d like to express my appreciation and thanks to the couples and families that trusted me to give voice to their most important moments in life – their weddings, funerals or memorials, and the welcoming their children! It is an honor, and I am truly grateful to be chosen as your celebrant.
Thanks to all the couples who wrote nice reviews about me and send me all those cool thank-you cards and photos. Thanks to all the wedding coordinators who recommend me to that certain special couple, telling them, ‘you know who would be perfect for you…Lois Heckman.’
I began Pocono Wedding Talk on-line in 2006 and last year the Pocono Record asked to run the blog in the paper every Sunday as a column. And so thanks Pocono Record, and thanks to the readers of the column and blog. Thanks to those who took the time to stop me in the supermarket to tell me you enjoy it, even if you are not planning a wedding, and thanks to those who told me that something I wrote was actually helpful!
John F. Kennedy said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Let the holiday season begin and let’s all strive live by those words.