Country MoonHere we are again in what I call the “sandwich month.” November usually lacks the color and charm of October in all its autumnal glory and it doesn’t have the crisp beauty of snow-laden December. It tends to be the in-between month. Even its holiday, Thanksgiving, quite often gets overlooked between the shenanigans of Halloween and the festivities of Christmas.

However, this year we may be seeing a change for the better, and rightfully so. Even though stores started to put out their Christmas decorations way before Halloween like they always do, I noticed that Thanksgiving had a little more space on the shelves between Halloween and Christmas. There were even cartoons on Facebook that urged people to take a little more stock in November’s holiday. One particular one had a turkey pointing a finger at Santa saying, “December, Fat Boy, this month is for my holiday. Now hop in your sleigh and wait your turn!” I’m not sure I would be calling Santa “fat boy” this close to Christmas, but I do agree with the sentiment.

Thanksgiving is one holiday that merchants can’t really capitalize on and that means that its full colors come shining through. We are all so blessed, no matter what is going on in our lives. Yet, most of the time, we are in such a big hurry that we don’t take time to sit down, take stock and really acknowledge how blessed we are. Thanksgiving is one holiday that invites us to slow down, pause at least a half dozen things that control our lives and simply give thanks. For this reason, this holiday should never be short-changed.

I remember, when I was younger, families would sit around the Thanksgiving table and, one by one, tell what they were thankful for. What a nice tradition. By actually speaking it in front of loved ones, I think it makes you think about what there is to be thankful for long after the day has passed.

Like most everyone, I am so thankful for family, friends, and our good health. What could be more dear to the heart than those gifts. On the shirt tales of those three things, I am also thankful for faith, hope and love, and am so glad that family and friends possess these also.

But this year there is something more that has been a part of my life. I have learned a couple truths about myself that I am eternally thankful for. Simply put, first of all, I am thankful for me. This is a place in life that some people never get to. Let me explain.

11/23/2017 7:55:58 AM

Lois, this is an awesome post. I couldn't have said it better. I am reading a book about the country folks in Britain during World War II and how they had to live under rationing of almost every thing. It amazes me that people complain so much about what they don't have when they truly are blessed abundantly. I also grew up on country life with a few years of city life sprinkled in. Unfortunately, for financial reasons I ended up in Urban USA instead the country for most of my life. At this stage of life, it's really too late for homesteading so I'm satisfying the country desires by vacant lot gardening. Urban life has tied up a lot of my time but gardening is still my passion in life. Have a great Thanksgiving memory building today. Nebraska Dave

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