11/20 2012

Giving Thanks on National Family Week

By Alicia Boltach


This week, many Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day that originally had roots in religious and cultural traditions traced back to a celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. Today, the holiday has transitioned to a modern celebration and feast centered around the theme of “Giving Thanks”.

But did you know that the same week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, is (fortuitously) also National Family Week? This is a week dedicated to celebrating the contributions families make in our lives. It’s a reminder that your family is a group of people that contribute to who you are and what you value. This group genuinely loves, trusts, cares and looks out for its own and holds a bond that’s difficult to break. And remember: families come in all shapes, sizes and inclinations.

As you begin to prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays ahead, here are some ways that you can celebrate and give thanks for your family:

  • Create a thankful tree such as the one seen here. Each day write down something you are thankful for
  • Pick up the phone and give a friend or family member a call to catch up
  • Write a letter or send a card to loved ones far away
  • Get your family involved in a community event or volunteer your time together
  • Take the time to establish a family tradition. It could be something as simple as playing some touch football in the yard or playing a board game over some pumpkin pie.

This year, remember to take a moment and give thanks and celebrate the family that surrounds each and every one of us. From our Gladiator family to yours, we wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.



Alicia is a Gladiator PR Pro who was raised in Dallas and has spent her teen and adult years in the Midwest, but is a southern Texan girl at heart. She is a wife, mommy of two boys, lover of Mexican food and a true believer that organization is key to keeping her boys in line. In her spare time she loves to spend time near the water – boating, swimming, sunbathing, and reminiscing of the times she spent in her garage roller skating as a kid aspiring to become the next Olympic gold medalist in figure skating.


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