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Gratitude 2016

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Although it started with religion, it's become a secular holiday that's pretty pure. Everyone who celebrates it does so with people they're close to, and they think about what they're thankful for. There's a bit of gluttony mixed in, but even that includes a lot of healthy food.

Today will be the first time I celebrate Thanksgiving with friends instead of family. I'm grateful to have the option, and it makes me think of how lucky I am to have such great friends and family. I love my friends as though they're family, and I consider my family members to be some of my closest friends as well.

The emotion I feel the most throughout my day is gratitude. I'm always thinking about the various people in my life and how lucky I am to have them there. I think about the people who were in my life but aren't anymore, and I'm grateful for how they affected me. I think about how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, Chipotle and sardines in my belly, and the ability to constantly travel around the world. I think about how glad I am that this world exists and that I get to be here. That one fluke alone is enough to flood my brain with gratitude.

And, of course, I'm grateful to have you and people like you reading my blog and my books. I was having dinner with my friend Ramit the other night and we were talking about blogging. I told him that I may not have as many readers as some other blogs, but that I thought my readers were the best group of readers out there. I'd take that trade any day. Whenever I meet you guys I'm totally humbled to have such smart and interesting people care about what I write.

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

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My wife and I don't make a huge deal out of holidays.

There are a number of different reasons for this, but the most important is that I'm not always home for them. I've been fortunate the last couple years to be around for most celebrations, but that hasn't always been the case, and it certainly won't be in the future. When you make a massive deal out of holidays when you're together, they become even more painful when you're apart. As a result, we tend to keep things low-key and just celebrate family as much as possible.

Thanksgiving this year was no exception.

We started the day out with a simple fritata for breakfast. Then, I went for a run while the kids were playing with their train set. Once I returned, we all sat down and watched one of my favorite movies from my childhood, Homeward Bound. Just like when I was a kid, there wasn't a dry eye in the house when the credits rolled. We had sandwiches for lunch and then decided to start attacking a jigsaw puzzle that my wife picked out specifically for the occasion. Please refer to this old post if you would like to know how much I enjoyed that. We Skyped with the family for awhile and then got ready for dinner.

My wife is a pescetarian (a vegetarian who eats fish), and our daughter hates most meat, so our Thanksgiving dinner is probably different than most. We picked up some beautiful ahi tuna steaks from a seafood store not far from our house. CinC HOUSE seared them perfectly and we dressed them up with some coconut rice and squash. It was delicious, and we chased it down with a slice of pumpkin cheese cake.

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