Giving Thanks

The Simple Holiday

Thanksgiving is my favorite of the holidays. The air is crisp. There is a large variety of color in the landscapes. It is about joining with our family and friends, celebrating, our bounty, our Blessings and each other. It is simple and straight forward.

There is no pressure in Thanksgiving, as there is in Christmas. Christmas is commercialized. Even those of us who celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, fall victim to the advertisments to buy, spend, and to give a thing. Many buy beyond their ability to pay. Often that 'perfect' gift is forgotten by Valentines.

There is some pressure at Easter......the gift baskets, the new outfits...

Thanksgiving.......a cakewalk in comparison. Eat, laugh, remember.

Comparing This Thanksgiving To Previous Ones

In my own family, not everyone will be present. There will be brothers that I won't see at all.  My husband's family won't be represented.

There will be a daughter who will be busy with her husband's family. There will be a daughter who will be working ( in a hospital) , her holiday will be delayed. One daughter, will arrive tired, eat and hurry back to Austin. She will be rushed.

It will be nothing like the Thanksgivings of their childhoods. Where they learned to peel, chop, stir and mash....and exit before the clean up started!

I am almost saddened......

The joy has almost passed....

Times have changed.....

This Jumped Out At Me

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ( 1st Thessalonians, Chapter 5 KJV)

My eyes were drawn to this, as I flipped the thin pages. I had gone in search of something, unrelated. This must have been meant for me, now. Perhaps, it is more timely and appropiate than what I was searching for.

Yes, indeed, I should be glad that my daughter has the love of another family, who welcome her. I am glad that another is gainfully employed and dedicates herself to serving others. And the last daughter, I am grateful , she will make the trip, and when she arrives, she will find rest here, she will be restrengthened, made ready again to face her world.

It will not be the festive holiday that once was, it will be small in comparison.

The reasons for giving thanks have changed, still there are reasons.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

WOW!, you nailed it exactly. It is all a matter of perspective. "Rejoice always" can be tough to do sometimes, but when you allow it to happen, it soothes your soul.

I hope and pray that you have the most Happy Thanksgiving this year.

:)


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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

holidays are not the same anymore, some have to work and others live so far away. so we should be thankful for the times we spend together. God Bless and may your holiday be blessed this year.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I'm thankful I will be spending it with family. It's really all I need. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving no matter how you spend it. Peace!! Tom


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden

This hub creates thoughts! I agree with vietmanvet obove! The holidays isn´t the same. In this fast and efficient world it isn´t obvious that everyone in the family can gather at holidays. One must live with it and take extra good care and socialize with those who can!I wish you a happy holiday nevertheless! In Scandinavia we don´t celebrate Thanksgiving. A bit boring for us, it seems like a wonderful tradition!


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Fullerman5000 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

I am thankful for my family and my new nephew Luke. Great hub. Cant wait to chow down on some turkey.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

What a beautiful reminder that we can be thankful for what is "today." Every day is a gift and things continually change in life when it comes to traditions and holidays. We are alive and can love who were with and where we end up. God Bless and have a blessed Thanksgiving friend:)


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

Y,

Happy Thanksgiving dear. I pray many blessings to you and your family during a week of reflection and gratitude. You have contributed great stories, triumphs and challenges with our world of writers. We all should be grateful for getting this opportunity.

God Bless.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

CMerritt,

Thank you for reading my hub!

There is true suffering among,

but most Americans, do not always time

time to remember that we have more than

many people in the world.

In fact, I needed the reminder myself!

Thanks for contributing.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Vietnamvet68,

Good wishes coming right back

your way!


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Justom....

I agree, it is about family and friends.

Many of us will not be here...I must be thankful

for them just the same.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday~


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Thoughtforce...

It is an American holiday.

Perhaps, you have something of its

counterpart? It might make make an

interesting hub for the rest of us!

Still, I wish you well and good memories

with family and friends.......whatever your

country celebrates!

Thank you so much for your good wishes....

they mean a lot to me,

coming from another nation! You are

gracious to wish us well.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Fullerman5000,

Congratulations! How 'new' is the little

one? I trust , he came into the world healthy.

Do share the joy with us, from an uncle's

viewpoint~~


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

JasonRM.......

That too is among my Blessings.

We are due in OK city on Monday morining!

You are so kind and generous.....if I send

you our address, will you pen a letter to my

hubby reminding him, how 'great' I am? After,

years of living with my flaws, he seems to have forgotten! :)


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Good wishes for each and every one of you,

for the Thanksgiving holiday......


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

Do not worry, that will be another Hub to cover;-) I pray you safe travel.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

You, are just too cool........

Be well my friend, be well.


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Fullerman5000 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

He is only two weeks old. Very heatlhy. Every thing working like it should. I love being an Uncle. I love spending time with my niece and nephew.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Fullerman5000,

I have visions...........my brother holding his niece, ( my daughter) for the first time.........

As a football player, he was awkward with a baby.......

In the years to come, he offered her friendship, driving lessons, he fixed the broken things in her young life, when her Dad was out of town, he stood in that place......

he would come to me, speaking on her behalf.........

I see you as that kind of uncle....

God Bless YOU and Yours......


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Fullerman5000 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

thanks that means alot. i love them both and love spending time with them


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

I like the style of your writing.

Thanks


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Jacobkuttyta,

Thank you! What a lovely thing

to hear......Glad to have you along.


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breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, too. You may enjoy reading my hub: http://hubpages.com/holidays/ThanksLIVING-Living-a...

Voted your hub up and beautiful.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Breathe2travel,

Thanks again........

going to read now.


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

I also love the simplicity of Thanksgiving. You have written a wonderful hub showing how we all change with the seasons. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to see and accept this change. You are wise in your approach to where your daughters are now. Wonderful hub!


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town Author

Good to see you again Fetty!

Thanks you for your lovely

commentary.

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