Thanksgiving is also a difficult time for me. My side of the family wasn't always, well... let's say family oriented. We were never really close, and we still aren't. I rarely see my side of the family, we're just very distant. On top of that, my mom is gone, which is always more difficult to deal with during the holidays. However, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, and because of that I really try to look for the blessings in my life.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for (in no specific order, just as they come to mind):
1. My Husband, who has been with me through some really great times, and some really bad ones too, but supports me and loves me through them all.
2. My children, they bring me so much joy.
3. Generous strangers. I have been blessed by several very generous and kind strangers over the past year, it is nice to know there are truly good people still out there in the world.
4. My husband's family, we know we can always count on them.
5. My children's health. They have their sniffles and coughs, but overall they are all doing well. I am VERY thankful for this.
6. My job. Although I am not looking forward to leaving my baby, and giving up time with my family, I am thankful that I am employed and I am able to work.
7. The internet. This one may seem silly, but the internet allows me to keep in contact with the outside world, and most of my close friends. Without texting or the internet, I doubt I would talk to anyone other than my immediate family.
8. Food, utilities, and a roof over our head, clean air to breathe and fresh water to drink. Yes, the basic things, I am so thankful to have these for myself and my family, there are so many out there that do not, and I am very thankful we do.
That's all that comes to mind right now, but I am sure there is a lot more.
Thank you, Thanksgiving for helping put everything into perspective.
Now, how about a few random Thanksgiving facts:
- Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
- The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd!
- Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
- The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
- There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.
- Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims did not have big buckles on their clothing, shoes, or hats. Buckles did not come into fashion until the late 1600s – more appropriate for the Salem Witchcraft trial time period.
- The cranberry got its name because the pale pink blossoms on the plant resembled a crane’s head and neck. The name craneberry stuck, eventually becoming cranberry.
- President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863. Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.
So, I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving. Be safe and remember all that you can be thankful for in your life. :)