November is the time of year when Thanksgiving is the first thing that comes to mind. We get ready for a fantastic family feast, filled with delicious food and family from near and far. We reconnect over an indulgent meal, perhaps in our own homes or that of a loved one. Joy fills the air and turkey and stuffing fill our bellies.
Some families go around the table to share what each person is thankful for this year. Sometimes the gratitude is for something significant, other times the blessing is basic. When it’s your turn to say what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, why not keep it simple? After all, it’s the little things in life that often mean the most. Here are two reasons to remember.
As you look around the room, see all the people who have contributed to your life in some capacity. You may see them every day or only on special occasions. But you are blessed to have this group to call your own. There are plenty of people sitting home alone with no one to share a meal or conversation. While you may not get along with everyone perfectly, just knowing these family members are present is a gift. Share your feelings with your loved ones and let them know they are important to you.
Whether your Thanksgiving is an all-out smorgasbord or just something simple, be thankful for the food piled on your plate. Americans often go overboard on this “all you can eat” holiday, but it’s more about sharing a meal with those you gather with on this day no matter what’s being served. Indulging is OK but enjoying is more important. If yours is a home-cooked meal, thank the cook for their hard work in the kitchen. And if you’re the one who spent hours in a hot kitchen preparing the feast for your family, give yourself a pat on the back and save space in the fridge for leftovers. If you’re lucky enough to have a special dinner this Thanksgiving, give back by lending a hand at a soup kitchen or by donating canned goods that never made it to the table.
2018 is almost over. As you celebrate Thanksgiving, remember the year that has passed and look forward to a prosperous New Year. Look after your health, happiness, and those who mean the most to you. Happy Thanksgiving!
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By: Melissa A. Kay