The history of Thanksgiving in the United States dates back to 1863 when the pilgrims survived a very hard and brutal winter. They wanted to give thanks to God. The pilgrims and the Indians celebrated for 3 days. They ate fowl, venison, fish, clams, lobster, berries, fruit, pumpkin, squash, beetroot and turkey.

Our Thanksgiving tradition continues, this year we are trying to go a little healthier with turkey, stuffing, vegetables, salad, and key lime pie.

We celebrate family and friends that have become part of the family, as well as, newcomers to the area that don’t have any family in the area. I always moved a lot as a child and we always adopted new families and friends every where we went. I think I had about 10 grandmothers over the years and they were all very special people in my life. One of them just turned 100 this year and is as fit as a fiddle in Joseph, Oregon.

I’m thankful that we are so blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives to share with. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the fact that we get together to enjoy each others company along with some good food, a football game or two and just catch up on the happenings in our busy lives.

My longtime friend and roommate in college and I usually enjoy a bottle of wine and work on a puzzle and talk late into the night.

This year I’m just thankful that all my parents and my mother-in-law are still alive. It has been an eventful year medically for my dad, step-dad, mother-in-law and brother. However, right now we are all still around and we have three new babies that came into the family this year. (One was born this morning.) We all need to take a look around and be thankful for what we do have in our lives. If you have a job, pray for those that do not. No matter your circumstances this year, I know there is someone worse off than you.

The food banks are in desperate need of food this winter. If you can please take the time and buy something extra, and bring it to our office to go to the local food bank.  Something non-perishable. The Soroptimist International of Keizer will be collecting the food and taking it to the food bank. In addition, our office is donating to the National Guard families. These brave men and women are called into action very frequently and we want to thank them and their families.

We live in a great country and are well fed. I’m grateful that my ancestors not only came here from Europe, but came across the country so I can live in one of the most beautiful places in the world in Salem, Oregon.  We have abundance of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fishing, coast, mountains and I think it is the best place in the world to live.

May God bless you on all as we give thanks this Thanksgiving.

Dana & Alan Burk, Your Friends in the Real Estate Business
Principal Brokers
John L. Scott – Salem