What I’m Thankful For: Jackie Mangiolino

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Jackie Mangiolino of Sincerely, Jackie
Where you’re based: Bellmore, New York
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since November 2009 (5 years!)
My favorite thing about the holidays is… the smells! Cookies baking, fresh pine trees, Christmas ham, and cinnamon in the fireplace. The smells bring me back to childhood.
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… there’s a mini-crisis. One year my mother-in-law had a knife accident and almost lost a toe; another year my dad’s boat almost sank; and another year, there *shudder* wasn’t enough turkey. There’s always something totally unexpected that happens and makes for great future stories.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? I love it. What’s not to love?!

Thanksgiving, to me, has always been a holiday representing gratitude and coming together. Growing up, my grandparents would host a feast for the entire family, which was no small feat with all four of their children and 12 of their grandchildren. My grandfather started the meal by saying a few words of thanks, and he would always get choked up when he thanked our troops and service men and women. It was a simple but powerful sentiment that reminded us all of just how free and fortunate we really were.

My grandparents no longer host Thanksgiving dinner, but my husband and I deeply cherish the tradition and meaning behind the holiday. For years my husband and I would dream of having a home where we could host Thanksgiving and bring our families together. Well, that year has come and this week my husband and I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 30 people in our new home! Our hearts are filled with immense gratitude, and we cannot wait to begin our own tradition of giving thanks.  —Jackie

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Above: Jackie made her own pin board with Minted’s Painted Diamonds fabric.

This year has been such an incredible one that I am almost at a loss for words when trying to express how thankful I am for everything. Over the last twelve months, my husband and I sold our first home in Queens, New York City; we purchased a new home on Long Island, where we were both raised and where our families reside; I left my full-time job to follow my passion for wedding invitation design; my husband made an exciting move within his job; and we spent two weeks in Italy with family. I could easily write pages’ worth of things I am thankful for, but my sense of gratitude this year goes far beyond things that are easily listed. What I am truly grateful for is the freedom and empowerment to be able to experience amazing things with the people I love. I can’t help but think about my grandfather, fighting tears in his eyes, when he expressed gratitude for freedom each year. As a child, I never understood how a grown man could get emotional over something so intangible, but now I understand. Freedom has a different meaning for each of us, and for me it means feeling empowered to work—very hard!—towards achieving the things that are important to me.

That’s my deep-thinking answer, but if you gave me 30 seconds to list the things I’m also thankful for, I would say (in no particular order):
• Living five minutes from my parents
• Knowing where my husband hides his chocolate stash
• Having all four of my grandparents healthy and happy
• Not having to wake up at 4 a.m. any more
• Heated blankets and Ugg slippers

Happy Thanksgiving from Jackie Mangiolino at Sincerely, Jackie!

Photos (above): Jackie Mangiolino
Photo (headshot): Brklyn View Photography

More Thanksgiving Ideas:
• Recipe: Classic Cranberry Sauce (with printable gift label!)
DIY Maple Leaf Place Cards
• DIY Pringles Can Pilgrims
• Thanksgiving Leftovers printable labels
• How to Gold-Leaf a Pumpkin
• DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Macarons

  1. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Great post, Jackie. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  2. Oma

    Thanks for sharing your story Jackie!

  3. carrie

    Ah! Jackie…this is so wonderful. (tears in my eyes) You are very blessed! Good luck hosting Thanksgiving!! XOXO – Carrie

  4. Jackie

    Thanks so much for sharing my little story! Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

  5. Paige

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jackie! What wonderful memories you have. Now you get to continue to make new ones! Best wishes in hosting your first Thanksgiving! 🙂

  6. Hailey

    Thanks for sharing your story, Jackie! Best of luck on hosting your first Thanksgiving – no doubt it’s going to be wonderful and one you’ll never forget 🙂

  7. lori

    That was beautiful, Jackie – thank you so much for sharing!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving!! 🙂