Tomorrow is the big day so I know you’re starting your prep for the day. I’m going to try to keep this one short and sweet for that reason, but I think it’s important to have a week of sitting around thinking about what we are thankful for rather than just one day. I hope that taking this thankful journey with me has caused you to think about it as well. Is Thanksgiving your favorite holiday? It’s never been mine. I enjoy it more now than I did as a child. Christmas will always be my favorite holiday, but I love any time that you get together with family so let’s get on to what I’m thankful for today.
I’m thankful for…
Family. I’m thankful for how wonderful and supportive our families are in our lives. I’m thankful to have come from a large family and I’ve only been able to add more and more people to it over the years. For me family isn’t just our immediately families, but it includes our extended family and our friends. It is everyone you love and hold dear to your heart. Growing up the holidays were always large events, and I mean we’d have about 30-75 people depending on the holiday for lunch and/or dinner. We were able to sit around and chat with anyone and everyone plus we always had a fabulous time playing games! As I’ve grown up, the holidays look a little different.
I moved cross-country from most of my family so I have been unable to go home for each one of them. This means that Christmas has become synonymous with when I’m able to see my family. That has meant tons of holidays in LA were friends holidays. We’d have potlucks for Thanksgiving, New Years, Easter, etc. We’d do picnics for the summer holidays of course. These gatherings were often not well planned so we may have a party that was the all veggie tray party, but we have great memories of them.
The holidays changed yet again last year. Jeremy and I were planning our wedding, which meant we had to figure out how the holidays were going to look in our family. His family celebrates Thanksgiving in a big way, and mine doesn’t so much anymore. My family celebrates Christmas, and his doesn’t. This made the decision pretty easy. I am thankful that we had an easy time of figuring out how to split our holiday season. I am thankful for the fact that his parents and my mom are able to host us for the wonderful holiday season. We can enjoy spending time with our family and catching up on things that have happened in between trips to see each other.
I am thankful for the fact that our families are fun to spend time with, and that we generally don’t have arguments. I am thankful that we are able to share amazing meals and warm tidings. I am thankful for the joy we’ve been able to share this year as the family grows yet again! Most of all I am thankful that we have family to spend time with not only during the holiday season but for the entire year.