The holiday season is finally here! People all over are scrambling to get those last minute ingredients for the big turkey dinner, preparing for the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, and getting the house decorated for Christmas only a few weeks away.
It’s both the season of cheer and the season of chaos!
There’s so much to do during the holidays, to the point where the spirit of the season quickly turns in to a stressful to-do list a mile long.
Instead of being able to focus our attention on the meaningfulness behind these holidays, we get devoured by the commercialization and sucked into the marketing schemes of the big corporate retailers.
While decorations, fancy dinners and an abundance of gifts are all great and traditions of these special days, let’s not forget what we are actually celebrating.
These occasions are about our family and our friends. They are days to come together and celebrate the year, to give thanks for the ups and for surviving the downs.
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, let’s all take a moment to remember what this holiday is truly about: giving thanks. It is a day to recognize the blessings we have received over the past year, both big and small.
Some of these might be obvious, like a hard earned promotion at work or welcoming a new baby into the world, some of these might be small and less recognizable, like going a year without vehicle issues or learning a new skill. Whatever it is, big or small, noticed or not, they are all blessing and deserve recognition.
Whether your family chooses to share what they are thankful for around the dinner table on Thanksgiving day, or you prefer to quietly reflect on your own time and give thanks for the positives of the year, it’s important to take a moment to think about it.
If it’s been a great year, show gratitude for its success! If it’s been a hard year, be thankful for the knowledge and character earned through challenging times, and look for all those little hidden blessings that were scattered throughout. This should be a positive day, a day to feed the soul as well as the body. Don't let it go to waste, this is what Thanksgiving is for.
Now it’s your turn to share. Comment below and share things you are thankful for from this year! Big or small, hidden or obvious, what is something you are grateful for? Does your family have a tradition for recognizing and sharing these blessings? Do you share around the dinner table Or take time to reflect on your own?
Please share, I’d love to hear and I know others would too.