Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Night-Before-Thanksgiving Tradition
I wish you could join me here at the kitchen table, looking out over the Appalachians as the leaves change color, and share the spectacular view. I love this season of thanksgiving and look forward to a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.
With the busy holiday season almost here, I am trying to plan a bit of thanksgiving into our Thanksgiving schedule. The evening before Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating, naming and giving thanks for our many blessings—birthdays, recognizing the passing of loved ones and friends, college degrees obtained, goals achieved, and all kinds of other blessings that have occurred in the past year.
With a crowd of more than 30 people passing through here in the next few weeks, it is easy to overlook the actual giving of thanks for our blessings. While Thanksgiving Day is very special, it is BUSY and fun in a never-a-dull-moment kind of way. By taking the time the night before, we can all sit around the fire as we work on our traditional jigsaw puzzles on card tables and name and give thanks for special blessings. The pace is quieter and more reflective, and the feeling of gratitude deepens as we reflect and remember together.