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Thankful for my Family

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. The other ones are weird religious inventions or consumerized hijackings of religious inventions. And sure, the origins of thanksgiving are a bit murky, but it's hard to argue with such a simple holiday: spend some time with your family and/or friends, and be thankful.

I especially like that it's about appreciating what we already have, taking a break from the distraction of every day life, and thinking about all of the good things that make it up.

Today, as I spend time with some of them, I've been thinking about how thankful I am for my family. I've always gotten along really well with my family, but since most of them were around by the time I was born, I'm sure I have a tendency to take them for granted. As a kid I always just assumed that everyone had a great family and that their family was behind them supporting them all the time. Then, as I grew up, I saw situations where that wasn't the case, and I realized how good I have it.

I have three fantastic siblings, any or all of whom I enjoy spending unlimited time with. We each live in different cities now, but when we're together it's like we're best friends. Besides a scuffle over a plastic ninja sword as a kid, I can't think of a single fight I've had with any of them.

Favorite Things Friday – Thanksgiving

On Zen Wednesday

Back when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was my most unfavorite of holidays. I mean….boring. Aside from getting time off school, it was a bunch of adults sitting around eating turkey, no presents, no costumes, no real fun of any kind. Yawn. Fast forward to adulthood and I gotta say…Thanksgiving has now become one of my very favorite days. It’s a time to gather together with family and friends, eat fabulous food and just be thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives without all the stress and pressure that sometimes accompanies Christmas. Dear Thanksgiving, I am sorry I maligned you for so long and to make up for it, here are the things I am happy about, or grateful for, when it comes to Thanksgiving:

1.Gratitude – At its core, Thanksgiving is a gratitude ritual. We gather together to reflect back on the year, count our blessings and give thanks for the good stuff in our lives. What a marvelous, life-affirming tradition.

2.Family – Thanksgiving is a pretty low-key, relaxed kinda deal that focuses on getting the family together and I really dig that. And when I say family, I am including close friends because in my mind…friends are the family you choose for yourself. (Looking forward to seeing mom, dad and the nephews!)

3.Giving – I really like that the energy around Thanksgiving is one of giving and sharing. People have potlucks, bring wine, share what they’re grateful for…it’s not overly commercialized or focused on buying/receiving. This is probably why most retail stores jump straight from Halloween to Christmas with their displays, because there’s not a lot of money to be made off giving and being thankful, but that’s what I love about it.

4.Good Eats – Okay, I admit I am a bit of a foodie, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the awesome food that accompanies Thanksgiving. I especially like how all the traditional family recipes make an appearance on this day, the ones that remind you of grandma or childhood. It’s comfort food at its highest level.

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