How did you spend your Thanksgiving holiday? Did you spend time with family? Were you one of the millions of travelers? How far did you travel? By plane or by car? What dish did you contribute to the holiday feast? Yesterday, millions of Americans spent their day at grandma’s house celebrating turkey day!
Each family has their own traditions to their Thanksgiving Day schedule. Approximately 50 million Americans wake up with Matt Lauer and the rest of the NBC Today Show crew and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’re the chef, you’re up at 6:00 a.m. stuffing the turkey. And then there are those who sleep in.
Traditions aside, let’s take a moment to reflect on the definition of Thanksgiving: the annual day celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the year is a modest definition. Often times the real point of holidays are forgotten due to all of the hustle and bustle of society. But, the holidays are now upon us. Thanksgiving is done, the left-overs are in the refrigerators waiting to plague us for another high calorie meal… but we only do it a couple times a year, right? And if you’re looking for an opportunity to burn some calories, just carry around that five pound newspaper with all of the Black Friday advertisements all day.
Tying the holiday in with the “small town” aspect, here’s some things that we should be thankful for in our local areas:
- Thanks to all of the healthcare workers who went to work on the holiday.
- Thanks to volunteers at churches and community centers who celebrated Thanksgiving with those who needed a place to go.
- And thanks to those who were not mentioned, but you know who you are.
Have a great holiday weekend, everybody.