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In Our Words: Thanksgiving Reflections

The holidays are here in the United States. Dinner preparations are being made. Travel plans are underway. Bowl games are being watched, and family and friends are gathering together. We thought it would be a great time to share a few Thanksgiving reflections from some of our Johnson & Johnson employee family.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is participating in my town’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to walk through my town in the brisk November air with my daughter and friends. There is so much energy and excitement all around us. There are people cheering from the sidelines with motivating music blasting from the front porches. There are people walking with dogs and strollers and of course all of those crazy turkey hats! I always feel so great after the walk too. It is for an excellent charity and I feel so energized for the rest of the weekend. I highly recommend it!

– Liz Brady

Our favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It is a time when the family gathers at the house with no worries of what to buy for whom. Warm cinnamon rolls, breakfast pizzas and hot cocoa are served. While mom (me) continues to cook the turkey and trimmings, the family gathers around the TV watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We all wait for the entrance of Santa on his sleigh at the parade.

At the dinner table, before we begin to eat, we pray and say something that we give thanks for about the person next to us. Sometimes it brings awareness to something the person did not know. This makes us more united on that day. We always try to invite a family or friend that otherwise would be alone that day. This makes the event even more special, because we get blessed as we bless others.

– Eileen Felix

This Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for such wonderful friends and family. It has not been a painless year for us. We lost a dearly-loved family member and had several illnesses strike seemingly all at once. Although it has not been easy, we are determined to focus on the most important thing we have- each other. Personal belongings and material things can be replaced, or lifestyles adapted to account for the absence. But there is nothing more humbling than to see first-hand how fragile life truly is. Family and friends, and how we treat others is the only thing that matters in the end. So this year, I am so thankful for the family and friends I have been blessed with, and memories that remain of those who are no longer here.

– Carrie Holmes

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? All of us here at the JNJ Parents blog are thankful for many things, not the least of which is your readership. We wish all our friends around the world a Thanksgiving and holiday season filled with good food, family and friends, and memories to last a lifetime.

Gigi Ross is a wife and mom of two kids (a 10 year-old boy and an 8 year-old girl) living in San Diego, CA. Gigi works as a content and community manager for Johnson & Johnson. A blogger and writer in her spare time, Gigi’s work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Babble, BlogHer and Mamapedia. She keeps her personal blog at KludgyMom.