An Attitude of Gratitude for The Magnolia State

Today is a day that many of us will gather with our family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. The holidays tend to usher in an attitude of gratitude by allowing us to reflect on what we are most grateful for.

On our ever-growing list of things to be thankful for this year, I’d like to add the state of Mississippi.

The Magnolia State is a fantastic place to live, offering a wide variety of cultures, diversity, and of course, delicious food!

The birthplace of America’s music also birthed some of the most renowned authors of all time, and the state is full of quaint towns with storied streets that could never be replicated.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast headlines often as being one of the best places to live, and rightfully so with stunning views of the Gulf and so much to do. Locals have the best of both worlds with a hometown that feels like a vacation, with the hospitality of small-town living.

I’ve had the opportunity to live in different states and countries, and there’s no place like Mississippi. From the cotton fields of the Delta to the Pinebelt, and its beautiful beaches, the Hospitality state is home, and I’m so grateful for it.

The state’s stunning scenery, history, fabulous food, the blues, and impressive literary wrap sheet certainly help create the state’s culture. However, it’s the people that embody and represent what Mississippi truly is: A home of hospitality.

Locals support locals, neighbors help neighbors, and the everyday things we often take for granted, are appreciated and valued. My week wouldn’t be complete without Ms. Liz telling me to have a blessed day at the local grocery store, and you know what? I always do.

This week be sure to give thanks for Mississippi. Here at OUR MISSISSIPPI HOME, we are so thankful for you and the state we get to call home. Happy Thanksgiving!


Written by Meredith Biesinger

Meredith Biesinger is an educator and a professional writer, who writes for several southern publications, such as Mud & Magnolias, Pretty Southern, and OUR MS Home. She's also a published children's author, with a passion for preserving the art of southern story telling. Meredith has an undergraduate degree in English Education and Creative Writing, and a graduate degree in Education Leadership.

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