Saturday, November 8, 2008
Between Halloween & Christmas
I found this poem online and thought it was so fitting: Thanksgiving The year has turned its circle, The seasons come and go. The harvest all is gathered in And chilly north winds blow. Orchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain, So open wide the doorway Thanksgiving comes again! -Anonymous When I was a little girl I didn't have an affinity for Thanksgiving. It was pretty much just a giftless holiday that took up space in between Halloween and Christmas. There was nothing fun to do because all the women were busy in the kitchen and ridiculous football games were occupying all the televisions in the house. As I've gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I have learned to love Thanksgiving. Although it is a holiday that's nearly overlooked, what with all the hoopla of Halloween and the commercialism of Christmas, the industry doesn't have time to focus on a holiday that doesn't generate much income, save a few plastic turkeys and cornucopias for centerpieces. I adore getting together with family, even if it is a bit chaotic with so many hands in the kitchen. I love watching my children play with their cousins while I get to visit with family I haven't seen in a while. Then of course there's something relaxing about sitting down to a meal that's both simple and elaborate at the same time. My favorite part is going around the table and mentioning things we're thankful for. No one has to stop and think about it; it's not a question that stumps anyone. We are truly blessed.