Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well. This is a great description found on-line. But does Thanksgiving mean to YOU?
In my house we used to run around to 3 sometimes 4 different houses to celebrate the holiday. What we were really doing is running from house to house trying to please everyone and leaving with hard feelings and resentment. Not exactly how any holiday should be spent. As the years went by and I had more control over the holidays I decided to back out of the actual day. Don’t get me wrong, I was going to celebrate but just not on the actual day. I decided to remove one more house from the list for my kids. We now celebrate the Sunday after.Our family Thanksgiving now is relaxed and joyful. The invite list is different too. Of course family is invited but so are friends. We gather in the afternoon and begin our day by playing silly games. We laugh and smile. We enjoy ourselves. Then we eat an insane amount of food. Then we relax some more. Here is the best part, no one has to run off to another place. We take our time and enjoy being together.
You might ask what I am doing while everyone else is running around on the actual holiday. I am at home alone and enjoying the peasce and quiet. I may go to the movies if I feel like getting fdressed.
I hope you and your family have a great day.
Until next time….
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Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC, EMDR Certified