ALIGN | Issue No. 36


Thanksgiving is only a week away—and it’s probably the most truly American holiday out there. For centuries, Americans have designated particular, special days to give thanks to God. Gratitude is at the root of happiness, and we have a lot to be thankful for. Sure, there’s bad news all around. But by and large we still have the breath of life, the love of family, the beauty of the land, the means to enjoy a feast, and the hope of faith.

We do have a few recommended businesses below that you can peruse to help make your meals spectacular this holiday season. But we also hope that more than any item you may buy, you can enjoy spending some quality time with family this Thanksgiving. That’s why next week we will be sending out ALIGN on Friday instead of Thursday. 

But don’t worry, we’ll make it worth the wait. We know that there’s nothing wrong with buying and selling in and of itself, but we’re also aware that Black Friday has become a day of crazy, indiscriminate consumerism. Here at ALIGN, we want to help you take a different approach so you can buy Christmas gifts with a purpose instead of purchasing whatever corporate imports happen to be on sale. Next Friday, we will be issuing the first-ever ALIGN Christmas Gift Guide, featuring some incredible, high-quality, pro-American options for you to choose from.

The Better Alternative

As with most homegoods, it’s hard to find kitchenware that isn’t cheap, imported garbage. You get what you pay for, and too many feel like their only option is to pay for chemical-laden, poor-quality goods from some foreign factory. Luckily when you cook this year’s Thanksgiving feast, we have some great alternatives.

Meet LloydPans Kitchenware, the perfect place to find Made in America, non-toxic cookware, ovenware, and bakeware. For 35 years, LloydPans Kitchenware has specialized in manufacturing every single part of its cooking implements without harmful chemical coatings from its facility in Spokane Valley, Washington. Not only that, but according to their website, they don’t outsource jobs, they pay a living wage, and they provide full benefits to their employees. That’s American Made done right.

There’s also Nordic Ware, a family-owned bakeware, cookware, and kitchenware company operating from Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1946. They use local suppliers and contractors and boast an extremely extensive array of items to fit every kitchen need.

Source: Nordic Ware Facebook

Business Spotlight

When you’ve finally graduated from the kids table to the adult table at Thanksgiving, one of the best perks is the abundance of wine. I don’t know about you, but when my family gets together, you can bet that there is more than one open bottle on the table. Everyone needs quick access, after all.

The only problem is, what happens if you don’t polish off the bottle? That’s where Savino comes in. Proudly designed, manufactured, and assembled in America, Savino is an elegant wine saver that preserves wine for up to a week. This year, you can make sure your leftover turkey comes with a full-bodied glass of vino as well.

Source: Savino Facebook

The Bigger Picture

Our friend Ryan Williams, the President of the Claremont Institute, recently reflected on the long history of Thanksgiving in America:

“Over 200 years ago, President George Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving, to be observed by ‘acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’ … Abraham Lincoln, in 1863 amidst the terrible violence of our Civil War, echoed Washington in hoping and praying for the eventual ‘full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.’”

Next Thursday, we won’t just give thanks for our many blessings; we’ll continue a long and honorable tradition of great Americans who turned to God in times of hope and in times of difficulty filled to the brim with gratitude for our liberties and our way of life. No matter our personal circumstances or the troubles in our nation, we can still end with the quintessential American salutation: Happy Thanksgiving!

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