It’s finally here! Thursday is Thanksgiving and that means time with family and friends, time to rest, time to reflect and time for turkey. The Tulip Time staff will be spending the holiday all over the US, from the West to East side of Michigan, Arizona to Ohio and place in between. While Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition filled with food, family and friends it is also a time to reflect and give thanks.Here’s a small look into what the Tulip Time staff is thankful for this holiday season.
Gwen: “I am thankful for family and the fact that we live in a free country where we can celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving. I also love the wonderful comfort food that we get to eat on Thanksgiving Day, a treat for sure.”
Susan: “I am very thankful to be spending thanksgiving with my parents. With nearly 2,000 miles between us I don’t get to see them very often and as they get older this is becoming more and more important. My family is very close even though we are in 3 time zones.”
Nicole: “This Thanksgiving I am thankful for a healthy pregnancy…… and all the sweets that are around and the coziness/warmth of a wood stove!”
Chris: “I am thankful for…..my FAMILY, my grandkids (including a new one I’ll get to meet real soon!!), chocolate, and Sunshine!”
Kara: “I’m thankful for life, laughter, sunshine, and sunsets… and of course my family!”
Hannah: “I am thankful for my family, especially Lida and her ideas, since now I have a job. Also, I’m thankful for pasta….”
Julian: “I’m thankful for the help and support that always seems to appear when it’s needed the most.”
Mary: “My daughter, my friends, my family, my health, my house, my job, my camera, and my coffee.”
Kate: “Each year, around this time, I am super busy meeting with all our partners to secure sponsorship for Tulip Time operations. I get to sit down with each supporting business and talk about their business, how they enjoyed the last Tulip Time and what is going on with their “family” of employees. It strikes me this year that I get to know these companies, their stories, their history and get to tell their story alongside Tulip Time’s.
This is a honor. I am thankful for it.
I feel like Tulip Time has a family that is larger than we even realize. Its stories of parades with your mom and dad. It’s dressing your kiddos up in costumes and taking pictures. Almost everyone makes time as a family to go eat Ollie bollen or Elephant Ears at least once during Tulip Time. It’s family time. We get to help create family time. This is an honor. I am thankful for it.
The smile on a CEO’s face when she recalls the times her mom dressed her in a dorky costume and she scowled through picture taking (back when there was film to waste) and her ironic joy in doing the same to her own offspring – I get to hear these stories and we get to bring them to life. I think it was a few years back when I realized that Tulip Time was that moment for most people. The moment when memories are made and crazy stories happen. Everybody’s got a Tulip Time story – even people who’ve never been! I grew up and still live in Grand Rapids (I know! I know!) and even I heard the horror stories of people getting arrested for damaging tulips. BTW – URBAN LEGEND! Don’t tell. – See? Everyone has a Tulip Time story. I am thankful that I get to bring people together to make it happen.
So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for a community of people that come together to make one crazy party of family memories happen. I am thankful for 150+ businesses that invest, 100+ members that donate, 3000+ volunteers that pull it all together so that families from all over the world can crack up looking at old photos, tell the story of the time Uncle Henk picked a tulip while watching for the cops, and how they helped their college buddy propose to his girlfriend while she Dutch Danced. I’m thankful that we have those stories to tell. I’m thankful for Tulip Time.”
Carra: “The holidays tend to be a very busy time of year for my family with many places to go and loved ones to see. This year I am putting aside the stress of having to travel to and fro. I am thankful for having so many places to be over the holiday. I am thankful for having a vast number of people who love and care about me in my life. This year instead of stressing about the schedule I am spending time focusing on the blessing that is within that stress. The blessing of having family and friends to spend the holidays with.”
Now that we have shared what we are giving thanks for this holiday season we encourage you to share!