Thanksgiving: The National Holiday That Almost Wasn’t
You may not know the name Sarah J. Hale, but you’re probably familiar with her nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb. Perhaps even less well known, is her role in creating the national holiday we celebrate every November: Thanksgiving.
As it turns out, Hale may be the individual most responsible for making Thanksgiving our national holiday. From 1846 to 1863 she wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States: Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. It was her letter to Lincoln that convinced him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863.
Your Kitchen This Thanksgiving
Bringing friends and family together for a big Thanksgiving dinner is a well-established American tradition. We look forward to it with great anticipation (and sometimes unrealistically high expectations!). There are times, however, when our homes just aren’t ideally situated to handle the extra people.
It’s no wonder that so many homeowners have opted for open floor plans that allow them to expand their kitchens and incorporate a great room into the design. Not only does that mean that whoever is cooking the turkey is no longer isolated in the kitchen, but it’s much easier to accommodate everyone in the same space. It’s much more festive—and the open nature of the design can make the space feel even larger than it is.
But what if you’re in an older home that doesn’t have that kind of floor plan? Can you remodel to get the kind of space you want? You’d be amazed at what can be done! Undertaking this kind of remodeling project can be a little overwhelming—particularly if you have a hard time envisioning open space where there are now walls and doors! But that’s where a good designer and builder can help. They’re used to seeing—not just what’s currently there, but what can be there—and how to make it happen!
That’s why it’s good to sit down with your builder first and tell him or her what it is you want to accomplish. Then he or she can come up with a plan that meets your needs—and matches your budget. It doesn’t happen overnight, but a significant remodeling project like this isn’t something you want to rush.
So if things feel a little cramped when family and friends come over for Thanksgiving dinner, give your builder a call afterwards and start working together on a plan to make your home the perfect place to celebrate next year!