Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. With our lives feeling more fast-paced than ever, it’s nice to have a day that reminds us to slow down and consider all the things for which we should be thankful.
Instead of grumbling over how much cleaning I need to do before relatives arrive for the big meal, I should be thankful that I have a roof over my head and food to place on the table. Instead of whining about one of the kids experiencing another growth spurt, which means a shopping trip for new dress pants, I should be thankful that the kids are healthy and growing.
I worry that someday soon, Thanksgiving will vanish amid the hubbub that arises every year as people focus on their Christmas shopping. I’ve never had a problem with Black Friday itself. It’s perfectly fine for retailers to make a big deal out of what used to be the first official day of Christmas season shopping (though you won’t find me out in my pajamas at 5am, knocking over other shoppers to snag a deal on a TV). But a few years ago, stores started opening on Thanksgiving Day. And this year, stores are having “pre-Black Friday sales” in the week leading up to Black Friday. It’s as if Thanksgiving is almost an inconvenience for retailers.
That’s why I was so delighted when I picked up my youngest from Kindergarten before the start of the Thanksgiving break. His entire school day was centered around the meaning of Thanksgiving. The teacher arranged a turkey feast with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pie. They made pilgrim hats and bonnets and wrote turkey poems. Seeing his joy when he came out of the classroom and showed me all of his craft projects made me wish that Thanksgiving could be celebrated like this every year, even as the kids get older. Maybe it can. Will I look too silly in a construction-paper bonnet?
Whether you’re dressed up like a pilgrim, already digging into that turkey, or sitting in front of a football game on television, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.