What I am thankful for…

Every year the same thing.  It starts the day after Halloween, we start preparing for the big Christmas season.  To find that perfect gift for your loved ones.  We’ve all said it, “this Christmas shopping season starts earlier and earlier!”  I myself have sworn off any shopping on Thanksgiving day and night.  Only on Black Friday morning (after 5:00am) will I do anything.  However, this practice of shopping early hasn’t held water for me for many years since the internet started.  Yup, I wake up when my wife and kids leave at a horrible hour (see other story), and fall back asleep.  When I do wake up, I make some coffee and get straight to my shopping from my desk.  I think I accomplish as much as my wife, but I am warm and cozy with my feet up.  But this is not what I am going to talk to you today about.  Nope, Thanksgiving is the next holiday and it is my favorite and here’s why.

One of the big ones, is that I don’t have to buy any gifts for anyone, and all the stress that goes with it.  I get together with my families, we eat a ton of great food and watch football.  If you remember last month’s newsletter you know how much I like watching football!  To me, this is the perfect holiday.  Now fun aside, it is a time of year for me to reflect on myself and thank my maker for all that I have.  All of you have different backgrounds and beliefs, and I am a Christian of Catholic faith.  We all see many images and hear stories of bad events going on in the world, these people vs those people, it gets hard to read the newspapers, social media or even watch TV without getting depressed.  I think this last election did it in for most people.  But Thanksgiving is a time of year I thank the Lord for my wife and kids, my parents and my brother and his family.  For all of my other families and their children.  Without any of them to share life events with, or to hope for better things in all of our lives, what do any of us really have?  These are things I am thankful for, the little things.  The little things that make me who I am, and I like who I am.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!