Reflection on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Are you ready for it? We can get lost in all of the preparation ... grocery shopping, cooking, and traveling.  There is so much to do leading to this day and now it's almost here!

But in this day and age, with all the hype and advertisements on "Pre-Black Friday Sale or "Almost Black Friday Sale" online and in stores, we have lost the true meaning of why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place.  People are most focused on the advent of "Black Friday Sale" rather than what should be our main focus ... to reflect on what we have, what we should be grateful for, and to simply give thanks.
It has come a tradition in my family to gather and celebrate Thanksgiving.  As it is in most family, we begin our Thanksgiving Day meal with a prayer and having each person share what they are grateful for.  We have responses such as thankful for good health, food, a home, a family, a job, an education.  These responses are all sincere to our hearts.  We also have experienced some real diffulties and losses in our lives and we simply take it as part of living and we are simply grateful for what we have.
To get back into the heart of Thanksgiving and acknowledge my great fortune in life, I want to thank my family and friends who are always supportive no matter what.  Because of them, I am living and enjoying life.  Also, I want to thank all the teachers who are so dedicated and passionate about teaching our kids to become better people.  I also want to thank our church leaders who have given their time to remind us that there is hope to our future.  And to my husband and kids ... I thank you for your love, for your kindness, for all the laughter and tears we all have shared together.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
In the center of all the hustle and bustle of this upcoming holiday season, it is easy to forget what is truly the meaning of these celebrations.  More than turkey, more than stuffing, more than store sale and big discount, Thanksgiving is about thankfulness, gratitude and appreciation to God, family, and friends for which we all have been blessed and to simply give thanks.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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