Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Should be a Family Event

I remember so many Thanksgivings from my childhood. The women would cook everything and the men would talk hunting or sometimes sports. At one set of my grandparents sports were banned from the television. My grandfather refused to watch anyone play ball.

The feast was incredible, nothing fancy, but incredible none the less. Nearly all of the vegetables had come from the garden. A couple of years the ham was home raised. The turkey was always purchased because turkeys stand around and think up ways to die.

After the meal everyone would sing a few hymns then all of the men would go hunting. It all just worked. Well fast forward about 30 years. It is a lot harder for things to work that way.

My wife works at a hospital and has to work not only Thanksgiving Day but also the day before and the day after. She works 12 hour shifts so Thanksgiving Day is out. I know that blended families have had to be flexible for a long time, but it is fairly new to us.

This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving the weekend before the actual date. I took a vacation day on Friday to help with the cooking. My wife and I both take an active part in the feast preparations.

The day of our event was also the day for food pickup. Our church participates in One Harvest food ministry. It is a way for anyone to purchase lower coat groceries. People can order boxes of food at wholesale. This month we are picking up 15 boxes of food. There are several good things about One Harvest. First is anyone can order you don't have to be "in need" to buy food from them. Second, it gets people out in the community. Third, it helps anyone save money on their grocery bill.

You can go to their site and see if there is a pickup location near you. Every little bit helps.

Family and friends will be dropping by and eating throughout the evening. We tried to have a set time and a traditional sit down meal, we just couldn't pull it together. As long as everyone drops by it will all be alright.
Take some time this year and remember all of the ways you have been blessed. Think about all of the small blessings we tend to overlook. Don't put all of the work on one person. Help make the holiday enjoyable for everyone. Guys help out.

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