Skating through the holidays without frustration and argument can be worthy of an award. One that I am not worthy of, by the way. Thanksgiving brings on the question of where do we go, who do we invite, what shall we eat and what about Aunt Francis? And last but not least, HOW are we going to put up with sister-in-law Sue, the know-it-all.
Honestly, I find the holidays to be rather pathetic. What has it come to? A family that rarely gets together any other time of year is required to suffer through a meal at the same table and pretend to be happy about it. I'm no Eor but what has occurred as a result of what's his name having a sit down meal with the pilgrims just doesn't cut it. We are now required to bring flowers, food and gather on this one day each year and 'gobble' all that is put in front of us; all the while hoping that no one breaks out into a knock down drag out. And did someone mention gluttony? How many Americans can you count on one hand that could use another helping of greasy gravy over mashed potatoes? We make me sick.
Though our country is going through an 'economic crisis' and there are so many unemployed and sadly, people living on the streets, for the most part, those of us who sat down to our traditional dinner have more than anyone could ever hope for and more. So we celebrate it by shoving more food down our throats. Love it, LOVE it! ARghhhh...why weren't we feeding the ones that don't have anything to be thankful for? I am as guilty as all.
All in all, Thanksgiving and the holidays can be a lot of fun. We all love our families and our spouses, children and significant others and fixing a big feast for the people we love can be exciting.
And though each family has its turkey or two, when times get tough we know that we'll all gather together in a flock and do our part to help one another.
So while your cleaning up the Thanksgiving dinner and straightening the mess in the house from all the relatives, or if you're just returning home and are thanking God that you live alone, remember that EVERY day can be Thanksgiving no matter where you live, who you are or what turkeys you have to interact with on a daily basis.
Let's get back to basics. Many of us already have. The holidays are meant for sharing time, love and attention with our loved ones, not over-eating, fighting with our families and running ourselves into debt. Be smart this holiday, think simple, think love and think 'thank you.'