It seems like Thanksgiving is always rushed. They have been advertising Black Friday sales for weeks now announcing that more and more stores will be open Thanksgiving day. Through it all the holiday is diminished. For those that work retail and now having to work Thanksgiving day I am truly sorry.
Thanksgiving for me has always been a special time. My family gets together each and every year to spend the day together. The ladies of the family normally get together the day before and start cooking. Then on Thanksgiving Day, all of us get to Mom’s house around noon (we are usually the late arrivals) and we begin a feast that lasts for hours. We play and eat, eat and play. The little ones running amuck to shouts of, “make sure that door is shut!”
Wines are had and stories told.
As the day wears on the smell of turkey fills the air. The men start lurking closer and closer to the kitchen as the timer runs down hoping for a taste. After what seems like ages the turkey is out and carving begins. Dad to most and grand-pa to the rest does the honors of carving. Most of us sneak a taste and soon the rest of the meal is ready.
We pray. It has been a great privilege to be asked to pray over the family and meal on Thanksgiving. We say grace and for me that is the time that really brings it home. This is what it is all about. Family. I am so thankful for my family and the time that I get to spend with them. I am thankful for the food, for the life I have been blessed to live, and for this great country we call home.
So tomorrow as we gather in our respective homes. Remember all the things in our lives that we have to be thankful about. At times the way may seem dark and the path impossible but somehow we make it. I am thankful for my family and I am thankful for the people I work with and I am thankful for those we work for.