Some thoughts on Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, we celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 and more than any recent years, this year’s celebration will be different. Normally we look forward to family gatherings and the chance to spend time with loved ones and friends; we anticipate the holiday feast; we count the hours until the day after Thanksgiving shopping frenzy; and we “get ready for some football.” This year is anything but normal and we are tasked with trying to figure out the best and safest way to share this holiday with loved ones – even if it is virtual.

Not only are celebrations changing, some “traditions” are changing also. Since 1966, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have played each other on Thanksgiving. Not this year. The Lions play the Texans, and the Cowboys play Washington. The Macy’s Parade became a Thanksgiving fixture for the first time in 1924. More than three million attend the parade each year. Not this year. The event will be virtual. And shopping the day after Thanksgiving will be an experience unto itself.

But as they say, the more things change the more they stay the same. The number one thing we are still most thankful for? It’s a tie between family health and family relationships. No matter how we choose to celebrate this year, the one thing that’s universal about this day is that it is a time to give thanks; be grateful for what we have and for the people in our lives.

In the true spirit of the day, I leave you with this thought, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." Have a safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving. 


Posted by MJ Thomas



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