Before the 12 days of Christmas or the eight crazy nights, it’s time to table our worries and our shopping lists while we sit down in thanksgiving with those we love. At our Thanksgiving meal, we want to pass the sweet potatoes to community members who remind us how much we have to be grateful for while also catching us up on YouTube fame, post-Jimmer strategies, Tiny Tim sightings and homeless trends in Utah Valley. Come, ye thankful people, come.
1. Christopher H. Brower
Having a bah-humbug host at our Thanksgiving meal might seem a little risky. But as of November 30, Christopher H. Bower will be center stage at Hale Center Theater Orem as Scrooge, which he’s played since 1995. Let’s hope the three ghosts of Christmas past, present and future choose to sit this meal out. (Christopher is also grateful for his most recent role in Hale Center Theater’s “Urinetown.”)
2. Dave and Cheryl Rose
Not only does Dave Rose manage to win 75 percent of his basketball games as the BYU men’s head coach (thanks for that), but he and his wife, Cheryl, are heavily involved in improving the community at large. A former co-captain on the famous “Phi-Slamma Jamma” team with Hakeen Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, Dave is a member of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council and helps raise funds for cancer patients and their families.
3. Jason and Candice Mortensen
After Jason Mortensen’s video of him waking up from surgery went viral at the beginning of September, every media outlet wanted an interview with Orem’s “husband of the year.” With five surgeries in the past six years, Jason and Candice have more tales of morphine-induced humor to keep dinner guests laughing throughout the Thanksgiving meal. Plus, millions know one thing Jason is grateful for — his attractive wife.
4. Brent and Shellie Crane
As Utah County’s delegated keeper of the hungry and cold, Brent Crane and his wife, Shellie, don’t take their own blessings for granted. As the executive director at the Food & Care Coalition in Provo, Brent knows how to share the wealth and the work with the needy in the community. He also explains when not to give in his recent column on UtahValley360.com.
5. Scott and Myley Mackintosh
When it comes to teaching gratitude, Lehi’s Scott Mackintosh is the master. After getting fed up with his daughter Myley wearing short shorts, Scott took scissors to his own jeans and then debuted them on a family outing. Any father willing to make a statement out of love is welcome at our Thanksgiving meal. (Although, we aren’t sure if his extra turkey legs should be allowed at the table.)