Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Parades, football, families, hunting-all part of Thanksgiving

   I don't mean to minimize the importance or meaning of Thanksgiving. For our family it's always been one of the days during the year our family was together.
   With three of our four children scattered around the world just our oldest spends holidays with us. Once in awhile one or more of the others will come home but not too often. The cost is too much for a short trip back to the states.
   Our daughter Jennifer maintains the Thanksgiving tradition in her home near Huddersfield, U.K. (She does the same for Halloween, decorating the outside of their home. Kids ask her husband Jeff where is the house the lady from the states lives. He directs them to his home as Jennifer has become known as the Halloween lady!)
   In our home, we take time to be thankful for what we have, that our children are well and happy. That they came from a good home, one where we all are close. Our children had a good upbringing and we are proud and thankful for the way they have all turned out.
    Some will spend the day taking a stand in the woods trying to get that whitetail. Others will watch the annual parade from Detroit. Still others will tune in the annual Thanksgiving Day game the Detroit Lions play each year.
   Of course there is the traditional big meal most of us don't need to consume. We'll all overeat, sit around, then eat some more.
   Somewhere in between eating, watching the game, or going in the woods, take a moment to think about why we have this day and all that goes with it. It's a good time to be thankful.

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