Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday of the year. I mean, come on.. Turkey, mashed potatoes,yams, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a medley of desserts…. what’s not to love?
And then there’s the parade and football and games with the family.
I wonder if I love it because it seems to be the underdog of the holidays. It’s merely a stepping stone. A reminder that there’s only 4 MORE WEEKS til Christmas! And every year it gets pushed further and further in to the ground as the Christmas commercialization gains more and more strength.
I have vowed to never let Christmas take over Thanksgiving, and this year will be no different. I plan to spend my Thanksgiving Day baking, eating, and watching Amp’s high school band perform live on TV. And, of course, giving thanks for all that I have.
It goes without saying that I am extremely thankful that I have an intelligent, creative, funny husband who loves me even when I make it difficult. (Well, at least he says he loves me…. I told you he was intelligent.)
And I’m very thankful that I haven’t failed miserably as a parent. My children are happy and healthy (continue crossing your fingers for Link, please…), and cause us very little concern.
I’m also thankful for my blog friends. I feel very lucky to have been able to get to know some warm, caring, entertaining, and determined people from all over the word. There are many days when reading your posts has been a great source of stress release.
But I’m also thankful for quite a few little things. To name a few, in no particular order……
I am thankful I have a job. Okay, that’s a lie already. I mean, I am thankful, I suppose, when I think about all the people out there who don’t have jobs, but having my job means I have to work on Thanksgiving Day. Luckily it’s later in the afternoon, so I’ll get to stuff myself ahead of time.
I am thankful that Amp can now drive on his own. With the older two boys busy with their own schedules, the carpooling has fallen to us again. Sure, our insurance premiums are going up a ton once again, but if it means I can sit on the couch at night, undisturbed, then it’s totally worth it!
I am thankful my eyes don’t realize they are over 40 yet. I’m not going to be the one to tell them. I hope you all can keep quiet as well. I like being able to read with my arms at a normal distance from my face.
I’m thankful that my hairdresser can squeeze me in once every 5 weeks to disguise my gray. Hmmm… that could be the reason my eyes don’t know they’re over 40…
I am particularly thankful for Pinterest, and my colleague at work who recently got me hooked on it Where has this been all my baking life?
And I’m thankful that Love From the Oven has pinned a “Keep Calm and Make Hostess at Home” site so that my friends and family don’t have to go without Twinkies and Hostess Cakes and Donut Gems and Hostess Fruit Pies.
But I’m more thankful that it was Hostess that went bankrupt and not my beloved Prairie Farms. If I had to go without my favorite ice cream, I would just surrender to the Zombies.
Finally, I’m thankful that my legs have been very cooperative with my desire to have a good showing at the half-marathon in April. Just 8 days after my 9.5 mile run, I ran a full 10 miles. And they’re being real troopers through it all. Of course they can thank my new shoes and my rolly thing.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, your family and your friends! Hope you’re able to enjoy your day as much as I plan to!