Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m going to try and make this as short and sweet as possible so as not to distract you from this time with your loved ones.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving lately and what makes it so special. What I’ve realized is that its core is not sitting at the table listening to everyone say to one awkwardly-worded thing they’re thankful for. I think it’s more than that.
What makes Thanksgiving so Special?
I think it’s safe to say it’s not the history of the holiday that is so touching (no offense), or the out-of-this-world food. It’s not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the football game either.
Looking back over all the truly great Thanksgivings I’ve had, I’ve realized more than ever that it’s the atmosphere that gives this Holiday such a special place in my heart.
At this exact time last year I was in Europe and had to spend the whole Holiday season away from my family and friends. It was really hard and I cried a lot. I realized how terrible it was to have a Thanksgiving without the people I loved the most.
This story isn’t all sad, though. I eventually came around and decided to throw a traditional American Thanksgiving for all my European friends. A few people pitched in to help me with the baking and cooking, and when it was all said and done we said grace, had a straight-up feast, drank some wine, and streamed ‘American Football’.
That’s a very fond memory of mine and it probably always will be. I learned so much about Thanksgiving (and the Holidays in general), that year.
Giving ten plus people the chance to experience something so dear to my heart and then seeing them embrace it so openly gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings I was missing from not being home with my family.
It’s the people you’re with, what you’re talking about, and how you’re engaging with one another that makes Thanksgiving so special.
There are very few holidays where most of society gets to be home with their families, so enjoy this one. Be thankful for this time and make the very most of it! Because those people you’re with are irreplaceable.
If something happened to your house or your car, you could recover from that eventually. It may suck and be a really difficult time for you, but you would eventually get a new house or a new car and life would resume it’s normal patterns. But your life would never be the same if something happened to your family (or your loved ones or whoever you choose to spend your Thanksgivings with).
People say ‘time heals all wounds’, but I’m not sure I believe that it’s true– not in this case, anyway. You can’t tell me that twenty years from now you’re not going to feel the hole of that missing person in your life. You’ll always feel it.
So, I would like to encourage you to see the real meaning in your Thanksgiving this year. Try focusing more on the people you’re with and how you can spend quality time with them. You want to try and make as many memories as possible because those stay with you as long as you live!
I also want to encourage those of you not in the most ideal environment on Thanksgiving to try and find some joy and fun in it. Sometimes the most unconventional Holidays are the ones we remember the most!
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by to change this year’s Thanksgiving for the better!
Also, this is totally random, but I have to ask how many of you are going to put your Christmas tree up tomorrow? How many of you prefer to wait until December 1st?
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