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Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2015
3 min. read


Let the countdown begin – only three days until Thanksgiving! For many, this festive season is a time to reminisce fondly on years past, cherish time spent with family, and reflect on our personal blessings.

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?


At Thanksgiving, we think back to Plymouth and the very first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. We gather with family and recall memories of our past celebrations. We cherish old traditions and build new ones for the future.

Every family has its own traditions, whether it’s who carves the turkey or what the best dessert is. Check out the below list of some common Thanksgiving traditions and see which are important to your family.

  • Breaking the turkey wishbone for good luck
  • Watching a football game on TV
  • Running a race (like the “Turkey Trot”)
  • Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Preparing for Christmas (putting up decorations, exchanging “Secret Santa” names, or maybe “Black Friday” shopping)
  • Helping others by volunteering at a food shelter or soup kitchen

What are your family’s traditions? Follow us on Twitter and let us know!


Family traditions also come in the form of food. Many families serve similar dishes for Thanksgiving, but each put their own special spin on them. Here’s a list of some of the top Thanksgiving foods.

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
    Need last-minute stuffing ideas? Check out last week’s blog post for some great recipes!
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Dinner Rolls
    Don’t forget to pick up Martin’s Dinner Potato Rolls before the holiday rush!
  • Pumpkin, Pecan, and/or Apple Pie

Did we leave out your family’s favorite? Follow us on Facebook and let us know!

Giving Thanks

As its name suggests, Thanksgiving is also a time to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives. We each have many things to be thankful for every day, but on this day in particular it is nice to take note. Think of all the things you are thankful for and compare it to our list below.

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Freedom
  • Basic needs such as food, water, and shelter
  • Education
  • A Job

Each week in November, we’ve polled our social media followers about what they are most thankful for with our #ThankfulThursday series. Check out some of their responses below.

Question: What person/people are you most thankful for?
Answers: Family; friends; coworkers.

Question: What are you thankful for about the United States?
Answers: Freedom of religion/speech; our military/the opportunity to have served; safety and security.

Question: What organization are you most thankful for?
Answers: Local humane society, food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, volunteer fire departments, veterans organizations, youth programs, clothing closets, and local police departments.

Chat with us this week on Facebook for our final #ThankfulThursday: “What are you MOST thankful for?”


***This Contest Has Ended***


Help us give back to the community by participating in our “Taste the Difference, Make a Difference” charity contest. Remember to vote each day until November 30th for one of five great food-based charity organizations. Each will receive a monetary donation based on their rank in the poll.

Head to and cast your vote for one of the following:

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Philabundance
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank


Happy Thanksgiving from the Martin Family and Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread!

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