The Colonial Inn is at the heart of the Yuletide Season here in Concord. This morning, the finishing touches were going up on her exterior. It’s Thanksgiving morning, a time when I’m ready to embrace the spirit of what is to come and not feel pushed into it by media campaigns and store promotions. It is a clear, cold day, the crisp air somehow feeling its most medicinal. I’m also lifted by the wonderful scent of chimney smoke rising from the parlor hearth in the Colonial Inn. We are so fortunate to live here, to have the option to stroll back in time like this, soak in the best of what was, while being forever grateful we also get to experience the many benefits of living in the here and now. Happy Thanksgiving.