Aging Successfully: The ‘Thanksgiving Countdown’

On Facebook some years ago, an unknown person started a “Thanksgiving Countdown.” Fortunately it caught on and was a great success. Every year starting on Nov. 1, many of us would post one thing we were thankful for each day. We did this every day up to Thanksgiving Day and some participants continued to the end of the month.

The lists were both sincere and creative. Items mentioned included grandchildren, loving families, music, nature, food and even the gift of color. For some unknown reason this practice sadly faded out. I had made the decision to do my own Facebook Thanksgiving Countdown this year, but was unable to because of internet challenges. It made me smile to see how a dear friend is doing her own extended Facebook countdown this year.

What are you thankful for? What would you post on your own Facebook page or public forum?

Believe me, I truly understand it has been a hard year for many of us. Within a two-month time frame I lost both my beloved companion dog and a close relative. It is hard at times to find something to be thankful for.

While I have been unable to join this year’s Facebook countdown to Thanksgiving, each day I still seek to find several things to be thankful for, in spite of my grief.

Here are two major things I am always thankful for throughout the year and which I want the world to know about. First is the love and support of my friends and family, no matter what is happening in my life. The second is the opportunity to write this column with the support and encouragement of Mike Dashiell and the staff at the Sequim Gazette.

Email me what you are thankful for and want the world to know about. I will gladly post it in next month’s column.

In closing here is some fun Thanksgiving trivia. The original Thanksgiving lasted three days and was attended mainly by the men in the colony. Their main meat dish was venison and there was no turkey served. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the heaviest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds (39 kilograms), and Philadelphia was the first city to have a Thanksgiving Day parade.

Email us at and share what you are thankful for. I will gladly post it in our next column. I personally reply to each and every email.

Crystal Linn is a multi-published author and an award-winning poet. When not writing, or teaching workshops, she enjoys reading a good mystery, hiking, and sailing with friends and family. See