The turkey has basted in the oven for hours. The potatoes are creamy and mashed. The drippings have yielded fragrant, golden-brown gravy (or Pepperidge Farm has stepped up to the plate for guaranteed no-clumps).
After a warm autumn, winter coats and stocking caps have come out for daily wear. The weather has come in, and if the forecasts were right, left again in time for Thanksgiving day.
Whether this year's holiday feast was fuel for game night or Black Friday shopping, count your blessings as you pile leftover stuffing onto your turkey and cranberry sandwich.
Listen to your uncle's stories for the umpteenth time, to your niece home from college go on and on about changing her major. Or if it's just the two of you, raise a glass, thankful for each other.
Listen to the noise from the kids' table, their joy over their five day weekend.
It's time to show gratitude, especially in a time of uncertainty for so many others.
In Iowa, one in eight people struggles with hunger. The number has stayed stable for some time, despite so many efforts to make things better.
As the weekend rolls on, don't forget about Shop Local Saturday, and our local storeowners who have a variety of holiday gifts, and after Cyber Monday for Giving Tuesday, a chance to give to your favorite nonprofit organizations.
The Estherville News is thankful for our subscribers, advertisers, and community members who make our business possible. We're grateful for the stories you share with our reporters, and for all you do to make this a great community in which to live and work.