What I’m Thankful For

Over a week ago I heard my first holiday song of the year while grocery shopping; isn’t it sad how the world’s commercialized version of “Christmas” is shoved in our faces mere days after we throw out our shriveled Halloween pumpkins? It’s as if everyone has unanimously concluded that decorated trees and Santa Clause are more profitable than Thanksgiving and have therefore decided to ignore our beloved November celebration of thanks in exchange for a few extra weeks of the bright red and green. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Christmas music and rarely make it past mid November before adding it to my iPod, but that doesn’t mean that Thanksgiving should be forgotten.

When I think of Thanksgiving I’m reminded of extended weekends spent with family; my Mema, mom and I bumping into each other in the kitchen while the guys watch football and keep the wood stove full of logs. I always make the deviled eggs and help crumble cornbread for the dressing {my favorite}, and of course we always have way too many pies, sometimes one per person it seems. But one of my most cherished memories is delivering Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate around town. We’ve been doing this with others from our church for as long as I can remember and it’s a tradition that I want to continue for years to come. We all meet at Luby’s on Thanksgiving morning and grab a few bagged meals filled with turkey, dressing, rolls and pie along with a list of those to deliver to. Then one by one we take those meals to people who for one reason or another aren’t able to have a huge turkey with all the fixings this year. Most of the time we stop and chat with them too; often they are spending the holiday alone and sometimes they just aren’t capable of cooking for themselves. It’s such a joy to share something as simple as a meal and in return receive so much gratitude and thanks.

Delivering those meals every Thanksgiving morning really helps us to focus on being truly thankful for the gifts we’ve been given throughout the past year. I’ve decided to start a running list of things that I’m thankful for and to put it some place where I can see it each day and add to it. So far on my list:

– Mark: my best friend, my source of unconditional love

– Our families: loving and supportive doesn’t even begin to describe

– Our home: providing a place of comfort for our family of two

– My friends: both near and far; caring, fun and always ready to lend an ear

– What’s to come: our future’s looking good so I’ll go ahead and be thankful for it in advance :)

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One Response to “What I’m Thankful For”

  1. Danielle@Newlyweds Paradise Says:

    I hear ya! This year, I got upset thinking about how each year, they are pushing black friday even more. This year, it seemed like many stores opened on Thanksgiving! It’s just plan old nuts!

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