“….Thank God for this Thanksgiving Day….”- Ben Rector says in his hit, The Thanksgiving Song.
This day always evokes a feeling of reflection and gratitude. And while each year is special in its own way, this one stands on its own. As someone who comes from a large, loving family on both sides, I have grown up with a profound appreciation for the holidays. They are made up of moments when time stands still, and we are reminded of what matters most: the people that we love and the memories we make with them.
While this year looks different to all of us, perhaps it is the greatest opportunity to realize all that we have to be thankful for. Life is an ever-changing, constantly evolving experience. But the things that matter most….those never change. And maybe that is what the holidays are supposed to remind us of, each and every year. And whether you are surrounded by a long table of loved ones, or are making a dinner for one, take a moment to remember what you have to be grateful for. We have all been given this day to use in whatever way we choose- let it be something good.
This time in between Thanksgiving and Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. And I think it is important for each and every one of us to look towards the end of this year as an opportunity to find the magic of the season despite things being different. It is a time that may not have brought us everything we hoped for, but it has granted us with an even greater blessing: a chance to see all that we have. And it is most often the things that we take for granted that deserve the most gratitude. Find joy in the small moments- maybe it is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, baking pumpkin bread, calling a loved one, or clinking your glass with someone sitting across the table. Whatever it is, enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving from mine to yours.