South Waltoners count blessings on Thanksgiving

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM.

While children often look forward to Christmas as their favorite day of the year, many adults say Thanksgiving is tops.

Among those counting the uniquely American holiday as their favorite day of the year is Realtor Christina Meinen as she looks forward to spending time with family.

Grayton's DeLene Sholes agrees and is looking forward to family and friends gathering at a river house.

"The main dishes are assigned and everyone brings a dish so that everyone's favorite is served," she said. "Tables on the porch overlook the river and are decorated with flowers and leaves gathered from outside. We hold hands and thank God for our many blessings. It's my favorite holiday."

The day is also Sandestin's Kent and Peggy Lillie's favorite. "We always include in our blessing 'those great Americans who can't be with their families as they are at risk around the world, protecting our country.' Then we always overeat, especially turkey and pumpkin pie!" said Kent.

Eastern Lake's Lane Rees looks forward to family fellowship, as does Chef Giovanni Filippone, and Attorney Ed Walborsky. Artist Debbie Weant always spends the day with her mama.

For 33 years, Freeport's Bill Stephenson's immediate and extended family has ventured to a state park for a family holiday celebration. There have been as few as a dozen people available to attend and as many as 40 attending. They have met at state parks in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. Family activities have included hiking, snowsleding, fishing, arts and crafts, reading, spoiling the youngsters, golf, swimming, cooking, eating, and relaxing.

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