Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
Most people love Christmas. The presents, the family traditions, the memories they’ve made since their childhood, and all the holiday decor.
But I love thanksgiving. It’s always been the big celebrated holiday in my family. I’m from a big family so it was always fun to get all the siblings together and feast on the big meal that my mom had done most of the preparation for. She made sure we had plenty of food and pies and made all the siblings and usually a few friends welcome. It was never fancy or well decorated but we always had fun.
And we always remembered the many things we were grateful for.
Aside from the sentiments of thanksgivings, I find the theme of the holiday refreshing. Rather then being all about what kind of gift one is getting, it’s about being thankful for what we already have. It’s so good to see people from everywhere become aware of all the blessings they have. So many people spend the whole month of November listing things they are grateful for and I think that does a soul good!
“It is not happy people who are grateful, it is grateful people who are happy.”
For my younger years we never did anything for Christmas so I don’t have those sentimental memories or the joys of being a child getting gifts. Now that I have my own kids and even more extended family, I find Christmas a little more stressful then I like. I’m not the one of the kids getting gifts…I’m one adults giving gifts. It’s hard enough for me to figure out what to get people for their birthdays, but now I have to get everyone another gift! Am I the only one who’s no good at gifts? What do you get people? And the money spent….Christmas takes a blow to anyone who’s on a tight budget and trying to save money.
Oh well, I definitely enjoy decorating the tree and baking cookies with my little boy who just loves to cook with me nowadays.
But back to my thankfulness. I’m so thankful for my babies. Despite that this isn’t how I would have planned my life and that taking care of kids can be so hard, I really love my babies. They do bring us so much joy.
But more then anything I’m thankful for this man who is the best friend, husband, and daddy anyone could ask for. We’ve been through some stuff in life but we’ve been together through it. And I wouldn’t want anyone else.
(Jackson helping his “Haddy” make a new tabletop. We pretty much always have some homemade project going one around our house. )