Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I know, it seems to be all about gluttony and excess ... but that's not why I love it. It's about welcoming people into our home, sharing what we have with them, being thankful that - as poor as we feel these days - we can still afford to share what we do have - and being thankful that we have each other in our lives.
Sure, it's a lot of stress, mostly self-induced. We spend a lot of money on this day every year. We invite everyone that we can think of - from as far away as Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio (I'm not kidding, our invited list this year was 47 people!). We stress over getting the house cleaned and having everything perfect - well, looking decent. I'll be up late tonight doing chores, and will be up well before dawn tomorrow doing even more chores before I even think of starting to cook.
But in between the stress, I'll turn on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (yaayyyyy!!!!!), and put on good music, and turn our house into someplace warm and welcoming and friendly for our guests. And we'll get to see Cathy and John, and their two-year-old daughter Maya, and Cathy's sister Diane, who are all absolutely incredible people, and we'll be better people for having spent the day with them.
So enjoy. If you're so inclined, leave a comment - tell us all what you're thankful for this year.