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Blaine's Bulletin: Thanksgiving Traditions

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Washington, November 21, 2018 | comments

From Memorial Day barbecues to Fourth of July Fireworks to Thanksgiving meals, Americans across the nation cherish the tradition of togetherness. With 2018 winding down and the holiday season upon us, I hope Americans from coast to coast will focus on the tremendous good in the world and the true blessings in our lives.

This time of year always seems to bring out the best in folks. It is always so encouraging for me to hear stories from my friends, neighbors, and constituents who stand together to support those in need. With many of our fellow Americans facing devastating fires in California or still rebuilding from the disastrous hurricanes in the southeastern U.S., this Thanksgiving is a time to put the little things in perspective and be grateful for what we have.

Growing up in St. Elizabeth, I always looked forward to my big family holidays. And, each year I am reminded of how thankful I am for my growing family. For us, Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and gathering around to watch football with our children and grandchildren. Over the years, our Thanksgiving table has grown, but many of our traditions have stayed the same. I always look forward to a house full of grandchildren, turkey in the oven, and my wife Jackie’s sweet potato casserole.

As a lifelong Missourian, I often think of my constituents as part of my extended family. In that spirit, I have shared my favorite recipe with all of you, and I hope you and yours will enjoy it as much as the Luetkemeyer family does!


During this season of reflection, I ask you to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings and freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. I hope we will all take this time to keep our brave military members and their families in our thoughts and prayers and do what we can to help others during this holiday season. On behalf of myself, my family, and my staff, I hope everyone has a safe, joyous, and blessed Thanksgiving.

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