And so Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year. Now that most of the leftovers have been eaten or frozen and America seems to be barreling full speed toward another Christmas season of gluttonous consumption, perhaps it is fair to recap some of the highlights of the week that was.

Oh, sure, there were the usual feasts and festivities associated with every Thanksgiving. But a few things stood out this year, especially the appearance of the Clinton High School Royal River King and Queen Marching Band in the annual Chicago Thanksgiving Parade.

Many relatives of band members made the trip to the city for the special occasion, still others found ways to watch the parade online (it still is available for viewing at Those of us with no formal connection still could take time to be proud of these students and how they represented not just their school, but our community.

Closer to home, Thanksgiving means other big events. The annual Victory Center Rescue Mission Thanksgiving dinner this year served 487 meals, and that was possible only through the selfless giving of many people. Again this year the cost of food was assumed by local doctor Ahmed Elahmady, who takes literally his religion’s call to help others when possible.

Thanksgiving itself is a day, but the weekend it anchors also is notable, most so, perhaps, because it informally kicks off the winter holiday season. In Clinton, that means the opening of the Symphony of Lights at Eagle Point Park, one of our most prized celebrations.

It means shopping, as well. How nice, then, to see that the start of the holiday shopping season has coincided with holiday giving. Clinton School District transportation department employees helped fill a school bus with some $4,000 worth of toys for local children, and Toys for Tots drives are in full swing.

Surely there are other events that made Thanksgiving special for you or your family — religious services, a favorite seasonal TV program, family reunions — and it would be impossible to list them all. We hope only that the spirit of good will so evident around Thanksgiving remains tangible not just through the end of the holiday season but throughout the entire year.

We shouldn’t need a holiday to praise our children for doing well or take what we have to give to others who need more. But we do have such a holiday, and we’re glad to see so many people taking advantage of the opportunity.

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