This is where I go out on a limb and ponder a while.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day Whatever: Thanksgiving

I skipped a lot of days.  Had to do a birthday party for my little girl - she was born just before Thanksgiving.  Then, of course, lots of preparation for Thanksgiving.  We had, hmmm, let's see....17 people at the table for Thanksgiving dinner, plus a few more visitors later in the day.  It was wonderful to sit down at the table and see all of my family together, happy, sharing a meal.  The next day we took some visiting family to see the ranch. Then Saturday, it was off to Macy's for some window shopping.  That was E's wish for her birthday.

Now things are back to normal, so I can finally post another day of thanks.  Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving, because it is the most wonderful day of the year.  I love Thanksgiving even more than Christmas.  I think it's because the gift-giving is not included in the Thanksgiving holiday.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Scrooge.  I love to give gifts, but the whole gift-giving thing has gotten so blown out of proportion that it has gotten to be a bit stressful for many people.  It has come to the forefront of the Christmas holiday, and I don't think it should be that way.  Thanksgiving is just celebrating family and being thankful for the many blessing we have.  I love that.  It's like Christmas without the added stress of shopping and wrapping.

If we didn't have holidays like Thanksgiving, we may not have the impetus to make the trip across the state to see family members.  Perhaps our children would not get a chance to see their Grandpa fall asleep with his mouth hanging open in the recliner with the football game playing on tv.  And maybe the Aunties would not get the chance to work in the kitchen, cleaning up the dishes together, laughing as they work.  And the Uncles wouldn't get a chance to sit out on the deck, smoking cigars, talking smart.  At least, that's what happens in my family, what about yours?  Whether you approve of it or not, it's all a bonding experience.  And it hardly ever varies much, year to year.  And that's what makes it so wonderful.  This year my mother brought a packet of old photographs and spread them out on the table after dinner and we spent a couple of hours poring over them, laughing and reminiscing.

I hope you had a special Thanksgiving this year.  If it was just the same as last year, it was still special if you were with your family.  Try to remember everything that was said and done with your family this year.  Years from now it will really matter to someone, I promise you.

We had a nice snowfall the week before Thanksgiving.  It was all gone in a few days, so I'm glad I got out to take a few photos.

Spider web outside my dining room window.

E and the 'dawgs'.

My li'l girl.

Sugar - waiting for something to happen!

Don't worry, the snow will come back. :)

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday to your little girl!

    I'm so with you on Thanksgiving vs. Christmas. You stated it perfectly. :)