I am so Grateful for the Thanksgiving Holiday, truly my favorite Holiday…

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I am so Grateful for the Thanksgiving Holiday, truly my favorite Holiday…

As most of my regular readers know, I have legally immigrated from Communist Hungary and the year was 1967… we arrived at JFK airport.  I had the pleasure of being driven in a Limousine from there through Manhattan. The world’s most desired city, the destination place everyone dreamed about, at least in 1967. I looked at the Skyscrapers and was in awe. We were heading to Fairfield Connecticut. This was in August and little did I know about Thanksgiving.


My mother’s uncle lived in Connecticut and he promised  the US Government, that he would give financial support, if my parents could not make it on their own. No worries the Barath Family would not be on Taxpayer’s burden. My father was way too proud to be looking for a handout, no Wick Coupons, no Food Stamps, just hard work! Even when there was little money, we made it, without whatever was additionally needed, we still managed.


My father and mother got a job right away and we moved to Bridgeport Connecticut. Next thing I know is, we were  living in Bridgeport, CT and met some nice neighbors. They educated my parents about the Traditional Thanksgiving Holiday and its customs. My mother made a Turkey dinner and we had our new friends over for dinner. This Holiday became so memorable to me. I read up on the history of Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and it really resonated with me.


Twenty some odd years later as an adult, when I went to visit Diane’s parents on our first Thanksgiving Dinner at their home, I really understood the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Never have I seen so many people, cousins, brothers and sisters all hanging around for a day and having fun eating and drinking and most importantly sharing stories and friendships and love. That is how I imagined the Thanksgiving Dinner with the Pilgrims and Indians. Keep in mind I was an only  child then…


Ever since that time, year  after year, I have taken on the task of making the Thanksgiving Meal for friends and relatives. The faces have changed over the years, nevertheless it is still my favorite day to cook the “Traditional Turkey Dinner” Nothing gourmet, just good traditional good food. The guests vary depending on their availability,  but my food is the same!  All I need to know is for how many to set the table for.


This year we had three of Diane’s friends over. They are all friends with different background and views, but the common thread is getting together eating and drinking and sharing friendships and love.

Just an FYI I never comment on anyone’s posts, photos or what ever that is related to Christmas before Thanksgiving. I am a firm believer of giving Thanksgiving it’s proper respect and due…

So, with that said hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday!! If you plan on being in our neck of the woods, please give us heads up and I am sure we can set one more plate at the table.


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Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
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I agree that Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, thanks for sharing your story.

Nov 30, 2019 11:35 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Endre.

No family drama at the thanksgiving table, just a lot of laughs and a good time.  They all went home with their bellies full.

Dec 01, 2019 01:27 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Endre... as a fellow immigrant, I totally related to your story. And there were no handouts from the government to my family either... just hard work. My mother worked one full time job and two part time jobs to make sure her kids did not have to attend NYC public schools. 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday and I love it... spent the week with old friends in Brookfield, CT. Best Thanksgiving ever... (of course, I probably say that every year).

While I love Thanksgiving, I'll admit that Christmas is still my favorite season and holiday... it must be that German blood!

Dec 01, 2019 04:50 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. No talk of Christmas until after Thanksgiving works for me to! Enjoy your day!

Dec 01, 2019 04:51 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Endre - I enjoyed the story of your arrival to this country and that trip in the limousine in NYC.  The adventure continued with settling in Connecticut and becoming familiar with the customs/traditions of your new home.  Years later, growth showed in different ways as you continued to expand your knowledge of tradition.  This week, it came together once again as you celebrated, feasted/toasted and enjoyed the holiday.  I like this post a lot.  Thank you for sharing it.  

Dec 01, 2019 06:04 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Endre Barath, Jr. -  I love the gathering on Thanksgiving and always want to have family and friends.  We got a year off since we were invited to my daughter's in-laws in Pennsylvania.  Lots of people enjoying the day and each other.  Dogs came too.

Dec 01, 2019 06:37 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too always enjoy your perspective on our great country. You are truly an appreciative and loyal American. Your Thanksgiving looked marvelous. 

Dec 01, 2019 06:46 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I echo your sentiments and fully appreciate them.  And that turkey was cooked to perfection.  Thanksgving is our favorite holiday also, I like that it is a season of appreciation and kindness.  A

Dec 01, 2019 08:02 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.,

I love your story. It is what America is all about.  My daughter-in-law's birthday is around Thanksgiving and occasionally will be on the same day. She is from Switzerland and she is better with American history than most young people who were born here but just didn't get the Thanksgiving "thing".  I think she gets it now.  We make sure that we celebrate her birthday independently of the holiday. 

Dec 01, 2019 09:06 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Endre Barath, Jr. I am so happy your wrote out your story and your history. I was talking with some people that immigrated from Vietnam 20+ years ago and they too told me that Thanksgiving was their favorite time of the years. Time to be grateful to be living in America and enjoying it all. I so agree.Even tho I was born here I still think of how fortunate we all are to live in our great country.  As for Thanksgiving dinner.....always room for a few more at the table. Always....

Dec 01, 2019 09:35 AM #12
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Endre Barath, Jr. great life experience arriving in United States and first Thanksgiving family gathering. Great to know you!

Dec 01, 2019 09:39 AM #13
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Endre,
I so agree with you. I dislike the rush to Christmas before Thanksgiving has had it's due respect.  I always love to read immigrant family stories because it is the very fabric of what has made this country so great. It is truly the land of opportunity for those who are willing to work to accomplish their dreams. 

Dec 01, 2019 09:40 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Turkey & wine? Well, believe me, if in CA on Thanksgiving, I will DEFINITELY be reserving that seat!! And, TV trays - I grew up using those so, I'm definitely good with that! LOL

Happy Sunday!

Dec 01, 2019 10:36 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Endre- I wish more people could read your post and see how grateful you are to be here. I too love Thanksgiving because it's not about gifts but about our friends and family. My grandmother had the same attitude that you have and passed it down to us. There's always room for one more!!! (or more!) We had people I'd never met here for Thanksgiving but that's what it's all about. 

Dec 01, 2019 08:07 PM #16
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday, even though turkey is not one of my favorite meals.  But the sharing of a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends makes it a very special day. 

Dec 01, 2019 09:47 PM #17
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

There is much to be thankful for without the stress. 

Dec 02, 2019 06:37 AM #18
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Endre Barath, Jr., the joy of being with friends and family on Thanksgiving is the best part. Like you, I learned about the Thanksgiving holiday after I came to the states as a young child and it is one of my favorite holidays.

Dec 03, 2019 05:38 AM #19
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Endre, I am thankful, too - thankful that families like yours came to the U.S. bringing such gifts as skill, hard work and gratitude. The blessing is ours!

Dec 04, 2019 03:09 PM #20
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

I forgot to add - I love the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and all the way THROUGH the New Year. I could listen to Christmas carols Dec 1 - Jan1 and never tire of them!

Dec 04, 2019 03:11 PM #21
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Endre, What a great story and I share your philosopy of "always room for one more". The year we moved to Florida we arrived two weeks before Thanksgiving and one of the men who my husband met a his new job invited us to Thanksgiving dinner at his house. He and his wife must have had 20+ people there so dinner was served on the lanai. Quite a change from up north. Diana

Dec 06, 2019 09:08 PM #22
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