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Itâ€™s become my favorite holiday--less commercial than
Christmas, fewer discordant images than Easter, more meaningful
than Halloween. Thanksgiving has remained as simple and
straightforward as it was when I was a kid. Itâ€™s a time to
gather with family, enjoy the bounty of the harvest, and thank God
for his blessings.
Itâ€™s my favorite season of the year. â€œOver the river and
through the woods,â€� I sing on my way home from work
Wednesday evening, as I cross Ballona Creek and drive up tree-
lined Overland Avenue anticipating a leisurely four-day holiday. I
love the nip in the air after the heat of summer, the rich fall colors,
the pungent aromas, the fogged windows when the heat of
cooking meets frosty panes.
Itâ€™s a time to focus on the positive--the warmth of
relationships, the blessings of life, and the generosity of God. Itâ
€™s a time to focus on the good in our lives, and to share with
those who donâ€™t have as much.
My kids arenâ€™t wild about turkey, but I insist on serving it, if
only this one time of year. I love the fact that, even as a young
bride, I could stuff the big bird and put it in the oven, basting it
occasionally, and it would emerge golden brown and dripping with
flavor, looking fit for a magazine display.
I love the side dishes, pungent dressing, golden yams, tangy
cranberry sauce, gravy, smooth or with giblets, and spicy pumpkin
pie. I even love the leftovers--cold turkey sandwiches, turkey
soup, turkey enchiladas.
Itâ€™s a distinctly American holiday with distinctly American
ingredients. Other parts of the world donâ€™t know what to do
with it or lack the ingredients, or maybe they just donâ€™t need
it. Maybe they recognize their blessings and are grateful for them
without a special day to remind them. But I tend to get
preoccupied with the demands of life and ignore Godâ€™s
wonderful bounty. I need this special reminder, and pray that the
sense of Thanksgiving will stay with me through more and more of
In this month's website I talk about the bounty in all our lives and
how grateful we should be to God and the people who've blessed
our lives. I'm also introducing Willa Myers, a special woman of
gratitude who touched me.
Iâ€™d love to hear what Thanksgiving means to you. Donâ€™t
hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.