So here I sit writing this post this morning on the ever so famous, dare I say “holiday”, Black Friday. No I’m not in a tent waiting to buy another television I don’t need, or standing in line like an Olympic sprinter waiting to bust through the doors when they open. Nope. Just me and the dogs on the couch in my p.j.’s.
I received a newspaper in the driveway yesterday (which I don’t even subscribe to) and I could swear every store in town had an advertisement in there. I didn’t order that paper but I was going to get it whether I wanted it or not. This time of year makes me very sad when so much focus is put on buy, buy, buy! The public is bombarded with sales pitches like a political campaign. Do we REALLY need to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day just so we can save 50% on socks? Ask the sales clerk at the store and I’ll bet you’ll get your answer.
Thanksgiving in our home has become quite the affair over the years. I’d say we have a pretty big family already having 4 children, and then when you add their spouses and my parents etc. it can be quite the crowd. But every year our family numbers get added to as we invite friends, co-workers, room-mates. I love that my children know our policy is that anyone is welcome and they invite freely. This year we topped out at 24 – oh and don’t forget the 5 dogs. It was a beautiful mess! People think we are crazy when we move all of our living room furniture outside and set up a sea of tables and chairs in the house making our house look like a small restaurant.
Thanksgiving is about loving on people, not fighting them to buy a stinking toaster.
To accomodate our big family’s holiday schedules, we celebrated this year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving leaving us with no real plans on Thanksgiving Day, so our daughter Nicole said she was coming over and was going to cook US dinner. To my fellow parents out there, I know you can appreciate what an amazing feeling it is when your kids want to do something for you. Our kids are all adults now, but I was just as excited as when they were 7 and wanted to make me a lumpy pancake breakfast in bed.
Well let me just say dinner was amazing! London broil, twice baked potatoes, squash-zucchini au gratin, roasted asparagus and sweet potato casserole.
Nicole took this photo and posted it with the caption, “Nothing makes me happier than making food for the people I love. ❤️ happy thanksgiving!!!” I gotta say, I would have loved it just as much if she made those same lumpy pancakes.
As we transition from Thanksgiving and into Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping craze and want to put ourselves in debt to buy that perfect gift. (I have yet to get a Lexus with a enormous red bow on it in my driveway.) Taking a stroll through the mall will verify that the love of “stuff” is all around us. We are encouraged to buy more, drink more, do more regardless or our financial situations. This subliminal message of consumption can bring about undo stress and anxiety for many and can rob us of the true joy we should be feeling. I don’t want to sound like a bah-humbug, I’m not suggesting you go burn all your wrapping paper on the front lawn and boycott Christmas. I am suggesting however, that this year we all think outside the box. Let’s think of ways to show love for each other that doesn’t always come wrapped up with a little bow. Let’s enjoy this season stress free, debt free and full of love and lumpy pancakes.