As I get older, I find that I enjoy Thanksgiving more and more every year.
I enjoy the fact that as a holiday Thanksgiving has this fantastic family appeal, yet minimal stress or excessive preparation, or even expectations, as you might experience with...say...Christmas or a birthday.
Maybe for the meal preparer this day has more stress in thinking about pies crust, cooking a giant bird, preparing mountains of potatoes, and arranging seating. But in all that work, butter, and dirty dishes, something magical happens.
I worry sometimes about our society becoming disconnected from each other, independent, and lacking meaningful human interaction. And the amazing thing about Thanksgiving is that you can't do it on Facebook. You can't do it through the mail. You do it around a table.
I've had some amazing Thanksgiving's over the years, with my different parts of my own family, with friend's families, and everything in between. From three people to twenty-five, and it is what it is. No compulsory requirements, no extension to the holiday. What happens that day is Thanksgiving, and it's wonderful.
There's so much to be thankful for and I hope you have people to be thankful with today. I'm thanksful for all those whom I've ever sat around a table with on Thanksgiving Day.
Picture from Do Better Blog.