In the United States today, we're celebrating Thanksgiving, a holiday that brings the entire country together in appreciation of the fall harvest. The modern day celebration was born out of an original autumn feast that the Plymouth settlers held following their first harvest in 1621. In contrast to the commercial nature of many of the other national and religious holidays we celebrate, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and appreciating what we have rather than commercial indulgence. While I'm personally thankful for having a few days off with my family, I'm also thankful for what the Spend Matters blog and community has become. When I started this blog three years ago, I had no idea that it would amount to anything more than a side venture or hobby. Now, it's taken on a life of its own. And that's something that I could not be more thankful for (except, perhaps, the Chateauneuf du Pape that I'll be uncorking in a few hours).