Thanksgiving. That word says it all. We give thanks by stuffing our faces with food which we really shouldn’t be eating and indulging in (it’s ok to cheat on my diet – it’s Thanksgiving!) and then after we arise from our slumber and digesting, we delve into ads and strategize about how best to start our Christmas shopping. Thanksgiving Day traditions and memories usually consist of waking up early to the wonderful smells and sounds of food being prepared – turkey and ham with all the fixings like stuffing, baked yams topped with marshmallows, and pumpkin and pecan pies. This time of the year is tough for many military families who find themselves without their loved ones at the table. For the Navy, Army, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard personnel who are lucky enough to be home with their families, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and whatever football game is being televised (used to be only the Lions-Packers game), huddled on the couch, enjoying family time. Then begins the mad rush to either get ready and pack all the food into the car or the mad rush to receive guests as they trickle in bringing their homemade goodies. After the dishes are emptied and the food put away, the ads are spread out over the dinner table as parents strategize over what gifts they are going to get the kids and how best to get everything at the best deal and within a limited time window. Assignments are given out and after a huge slice of pie and a cup of coffee in hand, adults head to the stores to camp out to ensure their spot in line for the best deals. Technological advancements have made this tradition almost obsolete, with stores allowing on-line shopping and opening up earlier, the next generation is robbed of the chance to experience standing in the cold waiting to rush into the store as soon as it opens and head for the one item that they want. Almost like the ending to an episode of Supermarket Sweep, another forgotten gem.
November marks the start to the holiday season, as the temperature gets colder, the festive mood increases. Make sure that you take a moment to think about those less fortunate than yourself. Perhaps it’s time to think about donating your money, goods, food, or time to lend a helping hand to those in need out there. Let’s not forget to thank our military personnel who allow us to live free.