Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What About Thanksgiving


On Halloween day our town was putting away beautiful fall decorations and putting up Christmas ones. Yes, they are beautiful. All the old fashioned lamp posts down main street have garland and wreaths. Every store window is decorated in a old fashioned Christmas theme. There are lighted snowflakes hanging from street light poles. The town clock area is decorated in tiny white lights and lots of garland and bows. There is a huge beautifully lit Christmas tree on town square. Franklin is truly a old fashioned winter wonderland Christmas dream. But what happened to Thanksgiving? The day each year we gather together, enjoy a wonderful huge meal, laugh, talk, watch the kids play, watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, watch a little football, eat more of that huge meal and deserts, and most of all give thanks. What happened to the day where we gather together and give thanks? The one day of the year we all seem to realize what we have to be thankful for. I love Christmas. I love decorating for Christmas. I love the true meaning of Christmas. I also love Thanksgiving. Even when in the past years where I was home alone on Thanksgiving Day I loved Thanksgiving. I watched the parade, had my own little meal or enjoyed eating with the neighbors, giving thanks for my many blessings. I loved calling the girls, listening to how they enjoyed Thanksgiving. Listening to the grands saying Happy Thanksgiving grandma! Hear how they and their cousins had so much fun together that day. A day filled with family, food, love, and thanks. A day where the gift of love and thankfulness is the best gift of all without having to be wrapped and under a tree. This year will find me for the first time in several years celebrating Thanksgiving surrounded by family. I will be enjoying the wonderful meal my daughter prepares. Enjoy the grands laughing and playing. Watch a little football with son in laws and grandsons. But most of all I will be enjoying the day giving thanks for my many blessings. The day truly meant to give thanks will be celebrated in true fashion. And then..... then the fun and excitement of the Christmas season will begin.
(picture from internet)

7 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I so agree. It seems as if Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday. Too bad, it's one of my most favorite. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy all of your family. Hugs, Marty

Mildred said...

It seems Christmas decorating begins earlier each year - maybe because stores can't make as much money on the Thanksgiving holiday. I wish you and your children and grands the happiest and most blessed Thanksgiving. And of course Rusty & Troubles too! One of the things I am thankful for is loving, thoughtful blogging friends - like you.

Mary said...

Peggy,

Since our Thanksgiving is in October, Thanksgiving doesn't get left out. We enjoy the turkey and the trimmings and love of friends and family. Each year the retailers begin Christmas advertising even before Halloween. It's all about, or so they seem to think, the almighty dollar. I was actually surprised when I went to the mall yesterday and not one Christmas decoration or carol could be seen or heard. They aren't beginning until November 28th this year.

This Christmas will be a sparse one here as far as gifts are concerned, but we will enjoy the celebration of the Savior's birth, good food and the love of family. That's what it's all about.

Thanks so much for joining my book swap. It was a lot of fun last year and I enjoyed the book you sent to me.

Blessings,
Mary

PEA said...

Now sis, I've been telling you Americans for years, that you should have Thanksgiving in October like we do! lol That way it doesn't get lost in the Christmas mania that starts as soon as Halloween is over:-) Since you do celebrate it in November, though, I can understand why you feel so sad that it almost gets overlooked. I'm so glad that you will be surrounded by your family this year, sis, what a special Thanksgiving that will be for you.

Will you be hosting your Christmas Stocking Swap this year, sis?? Love ya! XOXO

DayPhoto said...

Love this post! Very well done!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Marian (LaMizplaced) said...

Loved your post and I echo its sentiments. Thanksgiving has always had a deep meaning for me even in the years I celebrated alone. In our home Christmas plans and preparations never begin until the first weekend in December.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh what wise words, Peggy... Thanksgiving should be our best holiday of all. It is the time which we ALL should stop and give thanks for our blessings. We SHOULD do this everyday--but somehow, that doesn't happen as much as it should.

I hate it that Christmas has started SO early now... Every year it seems that people decorate earlier and earlier. You are right---Thanksgiving will soon just be an after-thought in this country I'm afraid. I hope I'm wrong--but the way this country is moving is scary!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving my friend.
Hugs,
Betsy