Happy Thanksgiving!

You might not be able to tell just from looking at the students on campus today, but Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner.  Everyone is working hard to turn in papers or complete group projects, individual presentations, quizzes, and tests.  The mood here is exciting, if not a little frantic, as we scramble to finish our work before we leave this afternoon.  Our normally animated campus will fall silent for the next few days as students and faculty take a break from the hustle and bustle of campus life to spend time with friends and family. 

If you're planning to relax in the Asheville area over Thanksgiving Break, get ready for some chilly, if not rainy, days.


Because I live in here in Asheville, and will be staying in town for Thanksgiving, I will be one of those stranded inside on Friday if the forecasted rain comes. 

Fortunately, there is plenty to do at home and in Asheville this time of year.  One of my favorite local winter events is the Grove Park Inn’s annual National Gingerbread Competition.  As its title implies, the competition invites contestants from across the country to create a gingerbread house and send it to the Grove Park Inn, a historic resort, for judgment.  The top entries are featured on Good Morning America, and of course, cash prizes are awarded.  Both amateurs and well-seasoned gingerbread experts submit their creations every year, so viewing the submissions is lots of fun and is always exciting.  If you’ve never been before, I would strongly recommend a visit to the Grove Park Inn (located less than 10 minutes from campus) to check out the houses on display.  Here are some of the coolest "houses" from last year's competition: 


If the weather behaves on Thursday, we can all be thankful for a fairly nice day (as winter days go), and settle in to our respective dinners (feasts?) with relish.  Does anyone have any fun or interesting Thanksgiving traditions?  Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you! 

At my house, we often make pretzel salad and pumpkin pie for dessert.  While I love pumpkin pie, pretzel salad is my favorite dessert because it combines sweet and salty flavors.  Essentially, it consists of strawberries, cream cheese, and Jell-o layered on top of a crushed pretzel crust.  Although it sounds strange, the outcome is absolutely scrumptious!  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.  

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 


 Fun links:
Gingerbread Fun Facts


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