Letís not forget what Thanksgiving is really all about
Itís not about Black Friday, or football, or that the night before Thanksgiving is the biggest party of the year. Itís about being thankful for what you have, like your health, your family, and your friends.
Itís about celebrating the little things in life that makes us happy, not our precious possessions. Sitting down with family for a nice home cooked meal may not seem that special to you, but to those who are not as fortunate, it would mean the world.
The homeless on the street who would do anything for a warm meal; the men and women who are serving in war and longing to be with their families; the many folks who have recently lost their loved ones; the ill who have to spend their Thanksgiving in the hospital, these are the ones who would do anything to have a nice holiday. Thatís why we should all be grateful for what we have this year and every year on Thanksgiving.
Thereís no good reason to fight about who burnt the turkey, or which relative you donít really want to come to dinner. Just be happy for what you have because there are so many people who are less fortunate. We need to appreciate each other, laugh often, smile, and love our families with everything we have.
Itís not necessary to shove people on Black Friday (which now starts Thanksgiving evening) to get your 60-inch television, or yell at others for skipping you in line. Do something useful in your community, help out at a soup kitchen, help your parents prepare for dinner, write a nice list of thanks for grace, invite someone less fortunate over to your home because these are the kinds of things that make Thanksgiving so special.
Itís the warmth of our hearts, the kindness in our tone, and the beauty of our souls that can make Thanksgiving magical. I hope that everyone spends this day the way it is meant to be spent and donít forget to have fun.
My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is mashed potatoes; the item on the menu that the whole family dives in for, so Iím going to make sure to bring an extra large spoon.
As I eat my meal I will remember to thank all of our veterans who make it possible for me to be free and happy.