Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving is Coming

Thanksgiving is almost here, many have our shopping done, others are waiting until the last minute, planning on a run to the grocery store on Tuesday or Wednesday, anxiously looking forward to being jostled, standing in check out lines, perhaps seeing such antics as training for their Christmas Eve shopping extravaganza just one month away. Houses are being cleaned in anticipation of quests, pies are in, or will soon be in the oven, while others are packing suitcases as they prepare to load the kid,s family dog and food into the car for a trip to Grandma's house over the river and through the woods. Those hardy souls among us are making lists and checking them twice as they plot out their shopping strategies for Black Friday...or Black Thursday for a few who put little stock in a National Day of Thanksgiving.

These are heady times as we move in too what is officially the Holiday Season. The Thanksgiving tables across America will barely be cleared away, dishes done when it is time to start preparations and shopping for Christmas (and Hanukkah which begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, and ends at sunset on Wednesday, December 28, 2011). There are ornaments and decorations that need brought down from the attic, and Great Grandmother's china needs taken out of the hutch and washed, used only once a year on Christmas. Children are kept on good behavior, millions of parents telling them, "You better be good as Santa Claus is coming to town."

As we prepare for these magical times, let all of us remember there are a lot of families this year here in America going through rough times, families who do not have the money to buy toys for under the tree, do not have a turkey to put on their table on Thanksgiving Day. Let us remember those less fortunate, those living alone, no family too share their holidays with. If you have a neighbor in need, do what you can to lend them a helping hand. Know someone living alone, invite them to take a chair at your table for a holiday meal, or if they are shut in, take them a plate of food. Regardless of your religious persuasion, remember the golden rule, "It is more blessed to give than to receive. Enjoy your holidays everyone, and if you can go out of your way to do something for those in starts at home, and often times brings us blessing in the most unexpected ways.