Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for a lot of really important reasons. I love how Thanksgiving brings friends, family and neighbors together as sort of a kick-off to the holiday season. I also love the delicious foods, family recipes, and sharing a wonderful meal with those you love. I love the crisp fall weather, the gorgeous jewel tones on wreaths, fallen leaves, and pumpkins. For all of these reasons and many more, Thanksgiving is the highlight of the holiday season for me, mostly because of its simple message.
In the historical context, the tradition of Thanksgiving is deeply rooted American culture, having evolved from a harvest celebration between Pilgrims and Native Americans, to the modern-day day of feasting we now enjoy. What is most meaningful to me about Thanksgiving is that it's a holiday that everyone can celebrate. Christians, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics, Muslims, men, women, and children can all find SOMETHING to be thankful for.
The notion of gratitude is an important one to me. With gratitude comes a sense of humility and sobering truth - none of us has prospered without the help of another. No matter how confident, competent, intelligent or talented, any amount of success we've come to enjoy is at least partially due to the support, encouragement, belief, and good will of others who have come alongside of us and helped us reach our goals, sell our products, build our businesses, and realize our potential.
Three Little Birds was a hobby at the outset; a distraction from the toxicity of my former workplace. 11 months later, Three Little Birds is a growing, successful enterprise - not because I'm a genius, or because I'm an amazing chef, or because the market needed my product. Three Little Birds is a hobby turned livelihood because of the amazing support and enthusiastic buying habits of my customers..
This year, as I gave thanks for family and friends, creature comforts and health, I gave particular thanks to all of you, who continue to support this company in large and small ways. I gave thanks for the understanding of what I was trying to do, the patience of those who still don't see the bags on the shelves of their favorite grocery store. For those who understand that good businesses, like good food, take time.
Thank you for being here. I wish all of you the happiest, healthiest holiday season ever.
Stacy Sloan; Chef & Founder of Three Little Birds