Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. For most of my adult life I have spent the day with close friends, playing Yahtzee in front of a roaring fire in my living room, sipping good wine listening to good music (Neil Young’s Harvest for starters), cooking (I’m quite fond of Ina Garten’s Sagaponack Corn Pudding and Mehta Given’s Pumpkin Pie) and taking my good dogs on an extra long, brisk walk. I’ve been saving a case of wine (half 2014 Celebrate Muller-Thurgau and half 2012 Pinot Noir Estate from Kramer Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon) just for this occasion. I did most of my shopping over the weekend, but I still need to pick up an 18-pound fresh turkey and bread from the bakery for dressing. I noticed this morning that there’s still fresh oregano and thyme and parsley spilling from the windowboxes that line my drive. Of all of the qualities of Thanksgiving, the power to draw people together is among its most sustaining. Whether friends sharing a meal or scattered relatives gathering together, here’s to Thanksgiving and its lasting message of peace and togetherness.