The Season is Busy in 3… 2… 1… NOW

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., which means cooking, travel, and the strong urge to take a nap. Our turkey dinner has shrunk over the last several years, so that now we’ll snack on a small tray of raw veggies with dip, then for the meal we have turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and hot rolls. In the last three years we’ve added a really tasty sweet potato recipe and some corn casserole thing my mother likes (but I don’t). I make green bean casserole. Mom now makes a cranberry concoction and we’ll have pumpkin pie for dessert. It’s still an enormous amount of food, but unlike the days of my youth, I only fill my plate once and even then have to wait several hours before I can handle dessert.

I’ll be making brownies and green bean casserole to take over to my mother’s, where my daughter and I will join my mom and her husband, Del, along with my brother David and his partner Alex. I’m also taking something I found on the HP craft website – a Thanksgiving tree. It consists of branches arranged as a bouquet in a vase, a big bow, and a bunch of home-printed “leaves” on which we can each write something(s) we’re thankful for. The leaves then hang from the tree by loops of hemp twine. I think it’s going to be a hit. :)

It amazes me how many people believe that Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday. I don’t comprehend how so many Christians can feel they have a monopoly on God. I believe that gratitude is one of the purest emotions one can experience, and that far fewer people have felt genuine gratitude than have felt genuine love – and that’s saying something. This holiday should be an annual exercise in counting one’s blessings, and I can remember from my own youth how embarrassing it was to be expected to actually care or express any of these feelings. I’ve changed quite a lot since those days, and gratitude is an important part of my life. If more people, especially teens and very young adults, would sincerely search their lives for things they truly value, I think they’d be much happier people. It’s way too easy to focus on the negative things that happen.

Many people hate the holidays, citing everything from stress to overly commercialized requirements to buy gifts to loneliness, but I always strive, every year, to find the magic in the holidays. It’s there, if you want to find it. It doesn’t have to be about religion. But it should be about compassion, caring, giving, and faith that life does indeed have much worth being thankful for (and always will).

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  1. It amazes me how many people believe that Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday.

    Wait, what? Do people really think this? I guess they can be thankful for Saint Lincoln then.

  2. I’m also taking something I found on the HP craft website – a Thanksgiving tree. It consists of branches arranged as a bouquet in a vase, a big bow, and a bunch of home-printed “leaves” on which we can each write something(s) we’re thankful for. The leaves then hang from the tree by loops of hemp twine.

    You will forgive me but I found this to be immensely amusing. The only difference is that on first reading, my mind automatically filled in the blanks so that I read

    I’m also taking something I found on the HP Lovecraft website …

  3. LOL, on first reading, I read the line about the Thanksgiving tree just the way Bishop did. But I really like that idea, I will try to remember it for next year, I’ve read this far too late for today…

    The other idea behind the absurd amount of food that I prepare for Thanksgiving is: I won’t have to cook for another week unless I want to; I can send food back to school with my older daughter, turkey pot pie to go in the freezer for later this winter!

    May your day be worthy and your family non-irritating. :-)

  4. Y’know, when I saw HP Craft, I thought Harry Potter Craft.

    I always strive, every year, to find the magic in the holidays.

    That is pretty cool. It’s also getting more and more rare with people as I look around. Hope you and yours had a good Thanksgiving!

    Sarenths last blog post..A Rant on Dabblers, the Occult and Demons

  5. @Soli: A lot of Christians do believe that it’s a Christian holiday — sort of like the way they believe the founding fathers conceived of this country as a Christian nation.

  6. @biship: HP Lovecraft ftw!

  7. @Sarenth: Ha ha. HP Lovecraft and Harry Potter. What a combo.

    I think I’m one of the few people my age who isn’t cynical about the holiday season. For instance, Cally posted a big rant about it the other day…

  8. @Lavana(h): Leftovers are definitely win at this time of year. I always run out before I’m ready, but then I’m just one of six people who end up with a portion to take home. lol

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