With all the holidays we celebrate, my favorite has always been Thanksgiving. Not because it was my mom’s favorite, which it was, but because Thanksgiving is a holiday that has nothing to do with gifts. Thanksgiving is a day to get together and celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones.
When I was little, I remember Thanksgiving as the time to over eat, laugh, being silly, and play games. It was all about getting together and sharing memories. We can talk about the origin of Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims coming to America, but for me, it was so much more.
To me, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what was, review the past year, and truly be blessed for what I have and those I have been able to touch in a positive way. This is the time when the weather starts to cool down, the leaves change colors, and fall is officially in the air. It’s also the last stand before the “December” holidays that seems to be so stressful.
With Thanksgiving comes a spiritual and emotional obligation to help those who are less fortunate then ourselves. Let’s think about the first responders who give up their time with their families, so the rest of us can be protected. Let’s remember those service men and women who sacrifice so much ever day, just so we can be free. There are so many amazing ways we can pay it forward and help those who are truly in need.
Your local grocery stores, like Sprouts, Fry’s (Krueger) and Safeway, offer special $10 bags of groceries that go directly to helping local food banks. I encourage everyone to purchase one. Let’s help ensure those who are less fortunate have a warm meal on Thanksgiving. $10, that’s two cups of coffee at a specialty coffee store. Helping can also include volunteer your time at any one of our local shelters. This is the time of year they really need our help.
The 4th Thursday of each November marks the day we celebrate Thanksgiving—a day when people should spend with family and friends. Thanksgiving is not a shopping day and we should stop referring to it as the “day before Black Friday.” My suggestion: Let’s stop retail shopping at any establishment on Thanksgiving Day. Actually wait until Friday. Thanksgiving is about people, not material things. If we all take a stand together, hopefully it will send a message.