Thanksgiving and the American Dream Home

Today is Thanksgiving – the ultimate “American Dream” holiday.

Sure, Independence Day celebrates when we became a nation. But the Fourth of July is about defiance and asserting ourselves. And eating outside.

Thanksgiving is about living the dream of independence – it’s why we were defiant

… so we could live the American Dream every day, reap what we have sown, and then reflect on how great our fortune and opportunities are (while eating inside) on Thanksgiving Day.

After our families, not much is as important to living that Dream than our Home. Thanksgiving is the holiday where ‘Home’ is front and center. Heck, it’s the day we actually use our Dining Room to dine! Clear off the projects, put away the homework, make way for the turkey and loved-ones dining together.

This year, for the first time, we have a daughter ‘coming home’ from college for Thanksgiving Break. Even though she is going to school less than a ½ hour away from home, the psychological effect of ‘coming home for Thanksgiving’ was immense after the intensity of school and living away from home for the first time.

I remember feeling that way in college, too. Going ‘home’ and to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving was a huge milestone during that first semester. For my extended family in Southern California, Grandma Ruth’s house was where 2 parents and 4 kids somehow managed to live with one bathroom.

When those four ‘kids’ arrived Thanksgiving day every year, with their significant others and eight grandkids, and straggler friends (who were always welcome) we all got to reconnect, catch-up on each others’ lives

….and amazingly we somehow found a way to seat 20-some-odd people for Thanksgiving dinner in a 2-bedroom house with a Dining Room table that seated 4. That is when the genius of the add-on ‘bonus room’ became apparent.


Today, I’m so grateful that my husband and I have our own home with an open, ‘social’ kitchen and large dining room so we could become the traditional hosts of Thanksgiving within our circle. Since our local Colorado family is small, we’ve been able to celebrate with friends over the years and grow our small family into a ‘new family’ to fill our home on Thanksgiving Day.

Having friends and family fill the house each year is what has made it our ‘Dream Home’ and I’m truly grateful for having these people in my life (and our home).

I don’t think it’s coincidence that our society uses both the terms ‘American Dream’ and ‘Dream Home’ in our everyday vernacular. The two dreams are tightly intertwined in the American psyche. We all picture our home like Norman Rockwell defined it for us – a comfortable place, full of family, where everyone can just be himself and be accepted. We somehow just all know that this is what we should strive for. For most of us, that means we expect to buy a house.

Rockwell Thanksgiving

Norman Rockwell’s iconic image of the American Thanksgiving

I’ve heard many people complain that they’ve never been taught HOW to buy a house. Our schools are busy making sure our kids grow into citizens who know History, Civics, Science, Math, Reading and Writing – but that doesn’t leave a lot of time for learning about personal finance, the process of selecting a property that’s easy to live in, nor financing a home purchase with a mortgage.

Today I’m thankful that Paul and I have reached the point in our lives where we can take what we’ve learned about

Buying a GOOD home, and Doing it WELL,

and share it with others so that the American Dream of homeownership can be spread and protected. We believe it’s a dream that is critically important to society and that educating people on how to achieve it is also critical.

Paul created the Real Estate Opportunity Team to help others reach the goal of celebrating Thanksgiving in their Dream Home. Check out our eBooks and other blog posts and see if they can help you achieve your dreams.

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