Thanksgiving 2017 Message


I’m sure we all remember the details of the first Thanksgiving way back in 1621 from our history classes in elementary school. We know they didn’t have Thanksgiving Football or even Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when the first day of giving thanks began. From my research, turkeys weren’t a part of the main meal, and that’s surprising to me!

For me, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie and extra whipped cream. I prefer my pumpkin pie cold because it’s better that way. Sure, we have a 25-pound bird we order each year which is the most important symbol of Thanksgiving today, a couple of different types of stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean censorial and the delicious list goes on.

Every Thanksgiving my wife and I wake up early to get that big turkey in the oven. Washing and peeling all those potatoes, perfecting the gravy, setting the tables, cleaning the house and washing all those dishes once everyone has consumed 10,000 calories before 2 p.m.

Giving thanks for the bountiful harvest was the origin of this holiday. It’s the time of year for us to celebrate our “harvest” for the year. Today, it’s easy to forget how much more we have vs. others in our world. An attitude of thanksgiving for at least one day out of the year; wouldn’t it be powerful if every one of us could carry that all year long? Not an easy task.

Instead of one-day celebration, it started off as a three-day celebration. Today, it’s about a 6 to 8-hour event at my house, not including the cleaning (pre-& post-meal), preparing and prep. I’m going to work on going back to the three-day celebration with my family for Thanksgiving. It might not always be feasible, yet feasibility probably has more to do with minor sacrifices I will have to make to make that work. And not letting things like it’s too far to fly, or drive for such a short time, or I can’t believe how expensive airfare is, or you get the point, my list could go on.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s about a time to gather with friends and family and most importantly to give thanks for our harvest throughout the past year. 2017 has been one of the hardest years for my family and me. I suspect so many others have had a more challenging year than us. At times, I have to remind myself of what to be thankful for: a very supportive and understanding wife, my pup who is an entire bed hog even in a king size bed, pretty cool parents that I get to have over for lunch or dinner at my home on Sundays and two kids who can surprise their parents. It’s the basics that matter and give thanks for, each and every day.

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone one of you. We all go through struggles, challenges and seasons in our life, at times it can be hard to have a heart and mind of Thanksgiving. I get it, and I’m there myself. I’m going to continue to try to have the heart of Thanksgiving every day.

Enjoy this day of Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Take a minute or two to share with each other what you are thankful for while breaking bread with one another. What a great tradition to start.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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