Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, even more so than Christmas with all its bright cheerful glitter.

We moms spend hours prepping and cooking the meal, the family spends 15 minutes eating it. It doesn't seem worth it, does it? It is, though, because the important part -- The Family part -- is there.

Now days, with the grandparents and many of our other elder relatives having been called home, our Thanksgiving celebration is smaller but no less traditional. I get up early to prep the turkey, make the pie, and all that good stuff. Then we get to smell the wonderful aroma's wafting from the kitchen as we watch the Thanksgiving parades. Actually, our holiday is not so different from anyone elses. My hubby won't eat turkey (I know, he's strange! LOL) so I will have two main courses plus some of the ethnic food my hubby adores and some that I grew up with. With the leftovers, I won't have to cook for a week, lol, even if I send some home with my daughter.

Food is traditional with the American Thanksgiving but, even though I love all the foods, I try to remember the ideal behind the holiday.

To be grateful for what we have. I have a wonderful hubby and a lovely daughter. I have a comfortable home and two good jobs (my day job and my writing job). And I have fantastic friends, both local and online.
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Yes, we've had set backs this year. I lost my little brother and one of my local friends has been diagnosed with cancer (but he's holding his own and we're grateful for that). With the economy as bad as it is, my hubby's job has gone down the tubes but we'll get by. There are a lot of folk worse off than we are.

This time of year, with Christmas right around the corner, I start thinking about my favorite charities. I've been donating to St Jude's for years but in the last year or two, I've also started donating to The Humane Society. We always think about people oriented charities at this time of year but oftentimes we don't think about how the economy or life in general treats our 4-legged friends. With my hubby having lost his job, my donation won't be as much as I'd hoped but I figure every little bit helps. And I'm grateful I can do it.

I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful holiday filled with good food and a comfortable home. Most of all, I hope you have family and friends to brighten your days.


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1 comment:

Skylar Masey said...

Hugs Lynda! And kudos to your for giving to others!

I know how sad the holidays can be, especially in these hard times, but I'm glad to hear/see you're plugging onward.