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This Thanksgiving will be a small gathering here in Maryland while Chrissy’s family is in town for a few days. We’re looking forward to having some downtime to relax and catch up. Over the years, we’ve blended some family recipes to make our own Thanksgiving menu. Chrissy’s family has a great sausage stuffing that we try to make every year, and my family always made a Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling dish (our feature recipe this month). For the last few years, we’ve enjoyed a fresh turkey from the local turkey farm, Sho Nuf Turkeys in Maple Lawn, MD. I like to smoke it on our Big Green Egg, so that becomes a big production on Thanksgiving morning. After dinner, it’s a lot of napping, football, and watching movies. On Friday, we’ll try to play golf or do something outside if the weather cooperates and then go searching for a Christmas tree. Then we’ll cap off the long weekend by hosting a “Friendsgiving” get-together on Sunday, a tradition we’ve maintained for the last 10 years … as if we need more calories by the end of the weekend!

I look forward to the Thanksgiving season all year long, not only for the good food on the table and the family around it, but for the consistent reminder November provides to express gratitude for the positive experiences of the past year, and to set goals for the future. The simple act of acknowledging and appreciating the good things has the power to reshape our perspectives and enhance our well-being. This article from Raymond James shares some positive news about the resiliency of the U.S. economy in these uncertain and volatile times and explores what evidence suggests about a recession in 2024.

May you and your family enjoy a happy Thanksgiving and time together to appreciate the present and savor every next step on the path ahead.

Todd M. Wike, CFP®
Managing Partner, Potomac Financial Group

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