Thanksgiving is my wife's favorite holiday.
Admittedly, she enjoys it for the food.
I've always enjoyed Thanksgiving because—at least growing up in my family—it's a little more relaxed and less-rushed than Christmas Day.
Thanksgiving also has an unbelievable power we often overlook: it makes the Detroit Lions relevant every year.
Granted, this year they're actually a decent football team. But I rarely would find myself tuned into games in Dallas or Detroit otherwise.
This year brings some new excitement, and something else to consider on the agenda for the day: the Ravens are playing.
I've always watched Thanksgiving Day football games televised from M&T Bank Stadium. Only those games were played between the talented high school student athletes from Calvert Hall and Loyola. Having spent a season calling Calvert Hall's football games on local radio, I grew to have a new appreciation for Baltimore's local football tradition: The Turkey Bowl.
But having the Ravens on TV this Thanksgiving gives us in the Baltimore metro area something else to rally around. Community togetherness just brings an extra layer to the spirit of Thanksgiving.
In Havre de Grace, the S.M.I.L.E.S. Thanksgiving dinner has been a tradition that captures the volunteer, giving spirit of the city's residents.
The Bulle Rock Turkey Trot has added another option for those looking to get out and give back on Thanksgiving morning. My wife and I are planning on taking our little ones out tomorrow—weather and kid-related disasters pending.
Then we're off to Liz's grandparents' home for an afternoon meal, followed by dessert at my aunt's house in Perry Hall. Then it's back home to slump down on the couch, where unlike most Thanksgiving nights, I'll fight my eyelids to stay awake, hoping to see the Ravens come away with a key win in their playoff push.
I'm thankful for anyone who has taken part of their Thanksgiving Day to check in with Havre de Grace Patch. I'm thankful for those in our community that continue to give and dedicate their time to the community—often for little to no recognition—particularly when times are so challenging.
When you run down the list of things you're thankful for over your big meal today, don't forget those in your hometown who make Havre de Grace such a tremendous place to live.
However you celebrate today—Happy Thanksgiving.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for? Tell us in the comments.