My grandmother’s home was full, almost stuffed, with family who had come together to give thanks and spend the day enjoying each other’s company. Thanksgiving was a time we all stopped and reflected as a family on the many blessings we had been given that year. I know my family was only one of millions who all gathered together on that day, and that our story was no different than yours. So when did we lose it?
Somehow between Halloween candy and the twinkle of the Christmas tree lights, we have forgotten an important holiday. Today, there is more emphasis put on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales than coming together to give thanks for our family, friends, and the simple things in life that we often take for granted. With the Christmas toy ads being played on TV almost non-stop starting at the beginning of November, it’s no wonder Thanksgiving is becoming a lost holiday.
Instead of hurrying on to the next holiday, let’s give Thanksgiving the time it deserves. Put the emphasis back on to being thankful and expressing our gratitude for each other, and the gifts we have been given all year-long like our freedom and knowing we have a safe place to raise our families. Instead of planning your big Black Friday, or Thanksgiving night shopping trip spend time with that brother or sister, cousin, uncle and aunt you only see once or twice a year. Watch football, dig out that old board game, or just catch up over one more slice of pumpkin pie. Make family and gratitude the center of the Thanksgiving holiday and not the stuff you’re planning to buy. I can guarantee you the real spirit of the season will happen around your family’s dinner table and not the checkout line at Walmart on Thanksgiving Day.
With the very real possibility of Thanksgiving becoming the lost holiday how do we stop this trend In America before it truly becomes extinct?
How To Stop Thanksgiving Becoming
A Lost Holiday
Start by talking with your children, you are their most important teacher and what you feel is important they will too. Teach them to have a grateful attitude, and talk about the blessings your family has experienced recently and over the past year.
With the thoughts of things to be thankful for in the air, allow your children to help you prepare for the Thanksgiving Day meal. They can easily make a centerpiece for the table, or place settings for each of the family members. You could even help them create a blessings tree with something they are thankful for written on each leaf.
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What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?
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