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Plenty to be thankful for

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  November 25, 2010 08:41 PM

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I just love this time of year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, a great chance for me to be close to family members and for all of us to gather together. Itís not too often you get the chance to sit at a table and enjoy the company of family over a good meal. With my lifestyle, how much I travel has really made it tough, so itís a rare thing.

So I always try to make Thanksgiving the one lock for me, the time of year for family time. Itís about being together, sharing a meal. And make no mistake; thereís no other holiday where itís all about food and tradition. And I love traditions, especially one that centers on great food, and thereís nothing like the food around here on Thanksgiving. Comin' from Inglewood; we didnít go big with the stuffing, sweet potato pie, cornbread, the cranberry sauce, squash, pecan pie. You know, New England style. Itís a tradition Iíve grown to love since my time here.

Being thankful to others and for what you have is really what the Thanksgiving tradition is all about. Especially when there are so many families out there that donít have enough food to eat or a place to live or family to be with. I know there are a lot of people in the world that are not as fortunate as me, so I try to do my part where I can.

My mom always told me how important it was to give back and try to take care of those less fortunate and told me there was always someone that had less than you did. When we were younger, she would invite everybody to come over and eat at our house on Thanksgiving. Not only our family, but also people who didnít have a place to go eat, and throughout the years, Iíve tried to take a page out of my momís playbook. Itís a time for me to do my own part and give thanks for what I have by helping those that could use a hand.

So it may not be much, but Iíve always tried to do a little bit to help. Weíve pretty much done something most years Iíve been here in Boston and I always look forward to it. We gave out turkeys with all the fixins at local community centers, donated food to local charities. But one of my favorite things weíve done is host less fortunate families for a full Thanksgiving Dinner at my place.

It brings a certain warmth to my house and itís a great feeling to provide, to the city of Boston and even people back home, provide a meal for those who donít have a chance to have a meal on Thanksgiving. So thatís something I really think comes from my mom, sheís instilled that in me.

For this holiday season, Iím hosting a fundraiser for my Truth Fund, which empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lifestyles. On Dec. 17, you can come hang out with me and my teammates at my third annual ďUSI Presents the Truth Strikes Again by Foxwoods,Ē a celebrity bowling tournament weíre hosting at High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge, a great new bowling spot and lounge down at Foxwoods Resort Casino. So come out and join us, and have a great time for a great cause. Click here for more info on Truth Strikes Again.

Now when it comes to the Thanksgiving cooking, I have actually cooked a turkey before. Itís not usually my role, but I can step in when the need arises. Grilling is my real skill, but when it comes to the kitchen, you might just say Iím a utility infielder. I can get the job done when necessary. My brother usually fries a turkey, so Iíll have to try that at some point. Iíve never had a fried turkey before, I heard itís pretty good, but not sure itíll be on the Pierce family menu this year. And of course weíll have some football on the docket too. Thanksgiving is always a great day for football. Iíll be somewhat low-key this year, but itíll be me, my wife, and some close family ... just a great chance for us to sit back and be with each other and think about all we have to be thankful for.

So Boston, now you tell me, what are yíall thankful for?

And remember, itís OK to splurge on food on a holiday, but then you gotta go be active the next day for sure. And if you need any tips on how to go about it and have fun while your're doing it, check out my exercise tips and my Comcast exercise videos on my Truth On Health website.

So go on now, get up, get out and get fit!

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

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Paul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »

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