As you gather with family and friends today to celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope you take a moment to stop and really consider the meaning of the day.

Turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, pies and football are all part of the wonderful tradition Americans call Thanksgiving.

But the day is much more than gathering around a table to share in a delicious feast.

As you break bread with your loved ones today, consider all the good things in your life - and give thanks for them.

Today is a day to reflect; to enjoy the beauty of life, family, friendship and love. We at the Empire-Tribune hope your day - and the entire holiday season - is full of joy, happiness and countless blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving.