Today made me a little sad. As I've shared before, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – it is a true celebration of what is important: being grateful for the blessings we have been given.
However, each year there is more commercialism attached to Thanksgiving. Instead of it being a day on which we share a meal with family and/or friends, watch some football, and just enjoy being with those we love, it has become a day on which people are concerned about what sales they can take advantage of. What stores have the best discounts? How much stuff can I get at the best price?
Now, don't get me wrong. I like a good deal, too. But, why can't it all wait until AFTER Thanksgiving? Like it used to. I know, I know. I sound like an old lady - “What happened to the good ol' days”? (said in an old, crotchety voice)
I would like holidays to be celebrated for what they were set aside for. Thanksgiving is for taking time to consciously be thankful for every good thing in our lives. To be grateful for the lives we've been given and be content where we are. While I try to live my life in a state of gratitude, I like having a special day dedicated to gratitude and thankfulness.
Today I am grateful for my salvation, to be a child of God. I am grateful to be married to a man who loves me unconditionally and is my best friend. I am grateful that my parents are still living and in fairly good health. I am grateful for my kids and grandkids. I am grateful for extended family and friends who help me remember how surrounded I am by love.
Thanksgiving. Yep, it's a good day.