Open Hearts And Homes On This Thanksgiving Day

I was sitting at my computer, looking up tips and tricks to the perfect gravy, and I glanced outside. Cars were starting to pile up at our neighbor’s house. It’s Thanksgiving Day and most people are hosting or traveling to a Thanksgiving Day feast.

I’ve lived away from my family for about 30 years. I’ve been a teacher for most of those years and with Thanksgiving break so short, and travel so crazy and expensive this time of year, I’ve been alone for almost every single Thanksgiving.

In the early, single years, I’d work at a soup kitchen. But on Thanksgiving Day there is a glut of volunteers and I’d always feel in the way. Once married, it’d be just us two, and I’d cook a tiny feast that felt empty and lack luster. Add a daughter and I’d try to make it a bit more festive with a baking or craft project.

We now have a much fuller house with three kids. We have our traditions of Thanksgiving Day parade with breakfast, The National Dog Show with lunch, football with snacks and then a not-so-tiny feast. My kids love it because we’re not a big television family and on Thanksgiving Day the TV is on all day long. We also play board games and cook together, television humming in the background.

In past years, I’ve tried to reach out to those that may be alone for Thanksgiving. My attempts were met by skepticism. Not surprising, they were unsuccessful and we now stick to just us five.

So, as much as I love our small family on Thanksgiving Day, I was a bit wistful, watching the guests pour into our neighbor’s home.

And then, I clicked on and found this story.


A Massachusetts man, Scott Macaulay, invites perfect strangers, who may be alone for the holidays, into his home for a Thanksgiving meal. He has done this for the past 28 years and the event has grown from a few strangers to almost 90.

It all started with an ad in the local paper. He was 24 years old and his parents recently divorced. He didn’t want to be alone on Thanksgiving Day. He reached out. He bravely put himself out there. And others bravely answered in kind.

I just wanted to bring a little extra attention to an amazing man.

Wishing you and yours love and good food and good company on this Thanksgiving Day!



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3 responses to “Open Hearts And Homes On This Thanksgiving Day

  1. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Jane! What a wonderful story of a big heart and a testament to trusting the world. xoxo

  2. Rob

    What a great story! We have always had small Thanksgivings, too, and for the very same reason – we didn’t live near family. Sometimes, friends would feel sorry for us and invite us to join them, and we did. Once I tried to reciprocate and invited friends to join us. The company was fun, but the dinner was a disaster. I enjoy our small Thanksgivings. Our Christmas is like that, too.

  3. Excellent story. He was brave…I am not that brave though I think about these kinds of things. But I worry too much. When I lived in the UP I was alone and volunteered at Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly. We did the full Thanksgiving dinner. In the beginning we were a small group, and we cooked, went and got our Elderly Friends, served on real plates with flowers on the table…took them home, cleaned up and finally went home. The first year I was so tired I had to crawl up the stairs to my apartment. It got better after that. I sort of miss those days.

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