Giving thanks this holiday season

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the wonderful holiday season, but its meaning often gets lost in the food and the hustling around from one place to another while visiting friends and family during the short breaks from school or work.

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time to slow down and give thanks for the many blessings we have received throughout the year. My family and I have so much to be thankful for again this year. I am thankful for my wife, my children, my grandchildren and my many good friends. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to represent the people of southern Ohio and thankful for the two great staff who work in my office.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving one week earlier in November in an effort to increase retail sales during the Great Depression by allowing additional days to shop before the holidays. After much opposition, Thanksgiving was moved back to its original date on the fourth Thursday of November.

I ask everyone to take this opportunity to reflect on the many blessings we have to be thankful for this year and I encourage you to take it one step further by giving thanks to the people who helped you get where you are today.

There are many things to be thankful for, but don’t let your gratitude stop with just a thought. It is important that we turn our thoughts into action. Express thanks to those who are close to you, to those who have helped you this year, and to the many men and women in our military who protect our way of life. Together, we can make the true meaning of this holiday come to life.

As always, if I can be of assistance to you or your family, please contact my office by phone at (614) 466-8082 or by email at

State Senator Joe Uecker (R – 14th district) Senator Joe Uecker (R – 14th district)

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