What we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving

By on November 27, 2013

It’s officially that time of year again.

Thanksgiving. It’s a time when we cut the work week short (or nix it entirely), load up on mass doses of turkey, football and shopping (preferably in that order), and then conclude festivities by breaking out the Christmas decorations and erecting a freshly-cut Christmas tree (or a fake one, if you’re into that).

All of this is, of course, in the name of the pilgrims who dined in Plymouth 392 years ago. And with Thanksgiving this Thursday, the Elburn Herald has much to be thankful for this holiday season, including …

• We’re thankful for upcoming local holiday events, including Elburn Christmas Stroll, Holiday in the Grove and Christmas in Kaneville. And we’re excited to roll out our life-sized “Kandyland” at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center during the Stroll on Friday, Dec. 6. Kandyland is a game that takes kids and adults alike through a winding path of yuletide decorations, and we never get tired of seeing the enthusiasm exhibited by its participants. Plus, candy awaits at the end of the game path. Not a bad way to conclude your trip to Kandyland, if you ask us.

• We’re thankful for the generosity of our readers and the local community as a whole. We reported last September about Maple Park native Becky Nelson and her journey back from the severe brain trauma and broken pelvis that she suffered when she was struck by a vehicle in the Cayman Islands on July 1. Becky didn’t have medical insurance at the time of her accident, and with the extent of her Medicaid coverage in question, the Nelson family and local resident Audry Buchanan got together and planned a “Help Becky Bounce Back” fundraiser to help defray some of Becky’s medical costs. Nearly 400 people attended the event, which raised $24,000. If that’s not a sign of community goodwill and “togetherness,” we don’t know what is.

• We’re thankful for the endless run of ‘80s and ‘90s films that will air all day on Thanksgiving (we’re less thankful for the fact that each movie will be four hours long as a result of commercials).

• We’re thankful for our friends and family, and for the opportunity we have to spend time with them this holiday season.

• We’re thankful for you, the reader, and the many subscribers who await our paper each and every week. It’s our belief that we’re based in the greatest community around, and it’s truly a pleasure to feature news from Elburn, Sugar Grove, Maple Park, Kaneville and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Elburn Herald and Kaneland Publications, Inc.