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Reflections - Ten Years of A Thanksgiving Show

When A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving was filmed ten years ago, our focus was strictly on restoring our 19th century Colorado mountain home and moving in. Making Swan's Nest holiday-ready and gathering with family and friends to celebrate the season was paramount, even as the new kitchen was still in its early stages of build-out, we had yet to find doorknobs for the upstairs, and I knew wallpapering one of our guest rooms was a task I'd get to far in the future.

Eventually, as one project after another was completed, Randy and I were able to turn our attention to the small, one-room cabin situated behind the house. During construction, we re-roofed the cabin, painted the doors and trim, and removed equipment left by former owners, as well as damaged linoleum flooring – only to find the same fir flooring in the cabin that we restored throughout Swan's Nest. With that discovery, we realized our cabin was a historic structure built in the late 1800's by gold baron Ben Revett, probably as an office.

Today the cabin is cozy and welcoming. It's furnished with an inlaid wood dining table that previously resided in our Dallas breakfast room, upholstered dining chairs, a glass buffet with gorgeous, curved, burnished metal legs I'd always admired in my mother-in-law's home, bookcases from my Fort Worth television set, and a large, wood-framed mirror over the buffet that beautifully reflects candlelight, while hiding a large scar on the cabin wall. Just steps from the house, our cabin has become a destination for intimate cocktail parties and cozy dinners with family and friends. And, since there's no electrical power to the cabin, the room is filled with the magic of candlelight.

As Randy and I celebrate the 10th Year of A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving's national broadcast, we're especially grateful to viewers who will discover the show for the first time this November, and to all who've made our show a part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition. I've heard from hundreds of viewers over the years, and I'm touched each time by their words of support, love for our show, and how it's inspired their own holiday celebrations. My goal has always been to bring family and friends together, and my viewers assure me I'm on the right track.

This fall, I landscaped around the front of the cabin, decorated the interior to reflect this beautiful season, and designed a casual, nature-inspired Thanksgiving table setting to support my 2018 holiday message: Set an extra plate at the table for someone who might otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving Day. As I've always said, "It's not the food, the size of your home, or whether you have the perfect dining spot. The most important thing is gathering family and friends around the table to share a meal." I hope all my viewers and fans will embrace that sentiment this Thanksgiving and throughout the Holiday Season. Happy Thanksgiving!

-Christy