Laurie Henderhan – Happy Thanksgiving |

Laurie Henderhan – Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving – What a wonderful holiday. What other day of the year gives us the chance to gather our families together, enjoy our children and grandchildren, overindulge, play games, watch TV and nap without guilt?

The holiday we celebrate Thursday is far from the early days of thanks celebrated throughout history, which were days of prayer and fasting to repent from sin. Early celebrations of the successful harvest led to the traditions of feasting and gathering of neighbors and friends.

Days of thanksgiving were often celebrated at different times of the year and for more local or regional reasons. In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book began a campaign to have the last Thursday of November designated as a national Thanksgiving Day. President Abraham Lincoln declared National Thanksgiving Day in 1863. In 1941, Congress named the fourth Thursday of November, not necessarily the last Thursday, as Thanksgiving Day.

Our family, friends and opportunities surely give us all some great reasons to appreciate what we have and to realize that we may be more fortunate than the person next to us. Take a few minutes to think of your own reasons for giving thanks. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving weekend with your families and friends close by.

The Parshall Bible Chapel will host its Annual Thanksgiving Sing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. Come to the Bible Chapel for an uplifting evening of singing hymns and giving thanks. This program has been a tradition at the church since the 1940s and will be the perfect start to the Thanksgiving holiday. You can call Deb Wood at 725-3431 for more information.


Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring a Thanksgiving lunch at Cliffview Assisted Living Center. The community is invited to join the residents and their families for the fabulous meal. Reservations are helpful, but not required and serving starts at 11 a.m. You can help out by bringing a fruit or pumpkin pie if you attend. Call 724-3733 to get more information or to make your reservations. The Church has sponsored this event for many years, thanks to all of the members who make it possible.


Mt. Valley Christian Academy is holding its Christmas Fundraiser Program and Dinner on Dec. 6. The dinner will be at 5 p.m. in the east commons of the West Grand High School. The cost of the dinner will be $5 per person or $15 for a family. There will also be a silent auction with great items like a Memorial Day Weekend stay in Pagosa Springs, Denver zoo tickets and many other item to bid on. If you bring a canned food donation, you can register to win a prize. After the dinner and auction, there will be a Christmas program in the auditorium. Call the school at 724-9604 for more information about the dinner program or the school.


The Junior Class has gathered a great assortment of Christmas trees this last week and they are for sale at Tri River. The trees cost $25 and all the proceeds go to the class to support their activities. Thanks to Tri River for providing the site for the sale. I’m sure these fresh cut trees will go fast, so don’t wait too long to go make your choice.


Remember, The Kremmling Preschool Craft Fair is coming up Dec. 5 at the high school. There is still room available if you would like to get a spot to show off your creations. This annual event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the preschool, and always enjoys a great turnout. Call the preschool at 724-9483 if you would like to register or need more info about the craft fair.


There is always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.

– Contact me at or 531-2431 or 724-9575 with any events, programs or suggestions. Have a good week.