Somehow it’s been an entire year since last Thanksgiving. It feels impossible not only because last year’s “Best Day of the Year” – a title Thanksgiving should hold into perpetuity – feels like yesterday, but because so much has happened in the last 12 months that it feels like this week kind of sneaked up on us.
Obviously, as is always the case, some of what’s gone on this year has been good and some has been bad. But some are holding this year firmly in the “bad” camp and they’re finding very little to be thankful for. Regardless of how your year went, or how it’s gone the last few weeks, let’s try to look for the good in the last 12 months and see if we can’t make this day live up to its name. Come with me and let’s find somethings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
LOVE THE ONES YOU’RE WITH
It all starts with the people in your life. We may not always get along but they’re there for us when we need them. Think of the one person you can call on in a time of need, someone who will, and does, support you in exactly the right way. This person could be a parent, a sibling, a partner, a significant other, or simply just a friend, but they’re there for you. That’s a powerful thing and one that shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially now.
But don’t just be thankful for them. Tell them that you’re thankful for them. I know it may be a bit awkward, but the relationship will get stronger from it, which, incidentally, can be something to be thankful for next year!
THE REAL “MOST BEAUTIFUL TIME OF THE YEAR”
I know Christmas has a monopoly on the whole “most wonderful time of the year” thing or whatever, but Thanksgiving gets my vote, and largely because the weather is so perfect. A beautiful, crisp, Fall day with wind-swept leaves? It’s literally perfect. Add in some football and you’ve got yourself a day dreams are made of.
(Disclaimer: I’m a Texas boy. Football is king down where I come from, especially on Thanksgiving.)
Now that we all agree on the unrivaled perfection of the weather, let’s not lose sight of the aesthetic prize that comes with the cooler weather: the sweater. If there’s one thing to be thankful for, it’s a reason to wear a cardigan. If you ask me – which you didn’t – we should co-opt Thanksgiving to be National Cardigan Day.
One of the main drawbacks of moving away from home is realizing you only get a handful of days to enjoy some home-cooking every year. This is one of those rare opportunities. Not only does Thanksgiving have all the best food, but mix it with the home-cooked goodness that can only come from, well, a home-cooked meal, and you’re in rarified air my friend.
Now think of all the delicious turkey, and stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, and pecan pie (read: pe-CAN), and all the other seasonal goodies that come with this majestic masterpiece of a day and add together the other things we mentioned: the people and the weather, and, dare we forget it, the sweater. With such a confluence of incredible goodness, it’s getting pretty difficult to find things to be upset about this Thanksgiving, isn’t it?
ONE LAST THING
This month’s election sent shockwaves through the country. Regardless of your politics, let’s try to keep things cordial this weekend.
I plan to avoid political talk as much as possible, but if the conversation does come up, there is much to be gained from having a civil, well-mannered discussion (discussion, not argument). I know things may not feel so great for some of you, but let’s be mindful of the person across from us and recognize that they too are human and have a story all their own. You don’t have to agree with it, but I implore you to respect it, if only for one day.
Until next time – I’m thankful for you.