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Thanksgiving thoughts:
Randy Widstrand

by Patricia Muhammad

Thanksgiving is a national holiday set aside for family and friends to gather together to offer thanks and share blessings received throughout the year. Thanksgiving dinner is a traditional expression of gratitude and is symbolic of abundance. Recently, at a community dinner at Lansing’s Trinity Lutheran Church, participants shared with The Lansing Journal their personal thoughts, ideas, and family memories related to Thanksgiving. We published a few in our November print issue, and now we’re publishing all of them online as a “Thanksgiving thoughts” series.

Randy Widstrand (Lansing, Illinois)

Thanksgiving thoughts
Randy Widstrand
“Here at the Lutheran Community Center, for Thanksgiving, it’s going to be a regular community dinner. We are going to do a traditional turkey dinner with turkey, dressing, cranberry, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. Of course, we will serve pumpkin pie, along with a salad and a variety of desserts. We usually receive about 100–120 people and we do about 20 carry-outs. The dinner will be held the Monday before Thanksgiving.”

Previous Thanksgiving thoughts:

Upcoming Thanksgiving thoughts:

  • Barbara Lessner
  • Chris Baldwin and Carol Cramer
  • Jim Hoover


Patricia Muhammad
Patricia Muhammad
Patricia Muhammad is a contributing writer for both The Lansing Journal and the South Holland Shopper. She enjoys writing stories about events, people, and places she feels would interest local residents—such as the Lansing Car Show, Super Teci's benefit, Water's Edge, and Recycling 101. She is also a published author of three children's books: Princess Feldings & The Academy of Queens, Prince Hasmir High Seas Adventure, and When Jaguars Roar.