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.
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