Holding Thanksgiving Dear


I stopped by Pier One yesterday hoping to pick up some little something for the Thanksgiving table or for a treat for the kids.  To my amazement, there wasn’t a thing in the store relating to Thanksgiving.  It was totally about Christmas.

Now I like Christmas as much as anyone, but does it have to start so early?  Decorations are up all over and already Christmas music is playing on Sirius and a local radio station.  I remember a time when none of that happened until after today.  Does that mean I’m old or is this early welcome a fairly new phenomenon with Thanksgiving being an almost forgotten day wedged between Halloween and Christmas?

Whatever, I’m holding on to Thanksgiving.  I like it because it’s relatively stress free and a day that the hubby and I so enjoy.  Most years our family gathers at our house which is a gift as this is the only holiday we lay claim to.  For years everyone has chosen a special thing to bring which makes the preparation oh so easy for me.  We always stuff ourselves, but that doesn’t keep us from looking forward to leftovers the next day.

As important as turkey and all the trimmings are, what is really special about this day is what each of us has for which to be thankful.  Even when life isn’t perfect, there’s good in each day be it sunshine or rain, laughter or tears.  I try every day to be thankful, but today my heart is even more full because my small family is in one place.  That doesn’t happen very often.

In addition to the obvious gifts, I am also thankful for each of you, known and unknown, who take the time to read my words and from time to time offer an appreciative or encouraging comment.  Enjoy your day to the fullest and join me in holding Thanksgiving dear.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

25 thoughts on “Holding Thanksgiving Dear

  1. I don’t start Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I agree Thanksgiving has been pushed away and Halloween and Christmas are the big money makers.
    I do hold Thanksgiving dear and appreciate your blogging friendship.

  2. Lovely words Linda, my husband says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday because there is no stress…meaning he doesn’t need to get any gifts!! I love Thanksgiving, but I think it’s pretty stressful on the hostess! I’m taking a few days off, I’m exhausted!! 😂

  3. I agree with you Linda. I am grateful for your blogging friendship. You were one of the first bloggers who reached out to me when I first started my blog! For that I am most thankful~

  4. I’m with you, sister! It’s so disheartening. What used to be a day of friends and family numbering 25-30 has dwindled to a mere 6-8 because everyone is now off doing their “own thing” or catching Christmas deals ON Thanksgiving Day. I just hate that stores are even allowed to be open on Thanksgiving. This nation is divided enough without taking away this day when we all used to gather and show true love and appreciation for one another over a meal. It’s OK to get into the spirit of Christmas, but cryin’ out loud…what about the spirit of Thanksgiving??!?!!?! Is it just dead and gone? Kicked to the curb? Nothing but a memory?☹️

  5. How nice to have your family together for Thanksgiving.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  7. Marcia Fennell Gardner November 23, 2017 — 11:11 pm

    We share your thoughts. Messed up commercialism.
    Our favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving!
    Counting our blessings with Family and friends.
    Why Christmas decor before today?
    I miss the Good Old Days.

  8. Hope you had a beautiful celebration!

    1. Thank you Kathleen. I thought about you today and hope all is well.

    1. Thank you. I always appreciate your presence.

  9. Well said! Thanksgiving, it seems, is hidden under the commercialism of Christmas. We must be intentional and pause to be thankful. We have so much tor which to be thankful. I’m thankful that we’ve become virtual friends. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Me too, Kim. I always look forward to your posts and comments here.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you Lulu! ♥

    1. Thank you. I am grateful that we have been “acquainted” for some time.

  11. Among many things, I’m thankful for your blog, your beautiful thoughts and words—-and your friendship ❤️❤️

    1. and I am so grateful for your loving and generous heart.

  12. Happy Thanksgiving. I share your feelings, exactly. Building family traditions, and then years of nostalgia is heart-warming.

    1. Thank you. I am happy to have you in my blog world.

      1. You’re welcome. And the feelings are mutual! You make me feel special! A special gift from you on Thanksgiving.

  13. You share the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Sadly so many in our country bombard with the Black Friday mentality that this special day of hospitality and family and so much to be grateful for is missed. Thankful for your sweet respite. Enjoy your day!

    1. How right you are. I don’t know when everything got so commercial taking away so much of what we should be sharing.

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