I have loved Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. Not Thanksgivings from my childhood, because I don't really remember any of those. It is funny about my childhood. I don't have lots of memories before 7th grade. I don't know why. I just don't. There are bits and pieces but no clear memories. Sometimes when I hear my brothers and sister talk about when we were young, I just sit and wonder: where was I? I either missed a lot of the things they were doing (and I know that is true of the years 20-40)or I have repressed those memories for some reason.
But anyway that is not what I am here to talk about today. Today I am going to talk about why I love Thanksgiving. I like getting together with family. I like cooking the big meal. I like getting my house cleaned and ready for company. My husband has always liked entertaining at Thanksgiving. He has always like having lots of people fill our house.
And Thanksgiving isn't anything like Christmas. I don't like Christmas.(There I said it! Hope I am not stuck with lightening.) I don't like shopping. I don't like buying gifts for people just because it is Christmas and it is expected. Most of the years when my boys were small I didn't mind Christmas. But they always ended up with so much 'crap' and even though I really tried to make them appreciate what they had, it was usually lost on them just because they were kids. I don't mind decorating for Christmas. Or I didn't used to mind. Now it feels more like a chore. And I am all alone when I am doing it. The kids aren't really interested. And Richard can't help. He never really liked to before he was sick. But he has always loved to have the house decorated.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what I have and what I am thankful for. I know that I should be doing that everyday. But during the month of November I think about Thanksgiving every day.
How do you feel about Thanksgiving? Do you have a favorite holiday?