“What if today we were grateful for everything?”

~ Charlie Brown

It seems that to some the meaning of Thanksgiving is lost in this world. It is supposed to be a day to celebrate and appreciate the people and things in our lives which we are fortunate enough to have or have had. 

As a child, I remember Thanksgiving was a time the family would get together. There was cooking, fun, laughter, eating, reminiscing, and football (can’t leave that out). We looked forward to being together and were thankful that we had that time together as a family. The bountiful dinner which had taken days to prepared was very much appreciated. After the meal was enjoyed by all, everyone pitched in to clean up.  

In today’s world, it appears that the meaning of the holiday has been pushed aside by companies seeking to make an extra dollar. The “Black Friday ” sales now begin on Thanksgiving or before instead of on Friday. This makes people feel they have to be the first one in line to catch the “Black Friday” deal that is available on Thanksgiving afternoon. So many miss out on the time with family because of those “special offers”. They leave dinner early or don’t go at all. 

We need to get back to realizing the great gifts that we have been blessed with and be thankful for them, not the ones bought at a store. Enjoy the time you are able to spend with your family and friends. You never know when it may be the last time you see them. Tomorrow is not promised. 

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