Thanksgiving is a day of family gatherings. It is a day to watch parades and feast together. It all has to be perfectly timed so that the meal ends prior to the football games which make up the afternoon. Like it or not, retailers have even added shopping on the holiday to add a day to the Christmas retail frenzy.
We celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks for our good health, our blessed families, and the great opportunities that we have living in this country. Like many things in our lives, we tend to want things faster and easier. So instead of fixing dinner with all the trimmings, some opt to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant. This is a great option that was not available years ago. I have tried it and it was wonderful. However, in our case it was not easier. We then missed the leftovers and bought a small turkey to cook just to have sandwiches for the following few days.
The bright and colorful parades are the highlight of the morning and the overly excessive meals are wonderful with everyone pitching in to help. I have learned from several families that they celebrate Thanksgiving by opening their festivities to people that are away from home and people that may not have any relatives. They are invited to be part of their family for the day. I see many families that go to help at food banks or to help serve at places such as the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving. I have a name for the holiday for families that share their lives with othersï¿½Thanks4giving.
May we continue to be thankful for the blessings that have been granted to us, share a wonderful meal with family and friends, do things for others and still root for your favorite teams.
Thanks4giving and Happy Thanksgiving!