Today many of us will sit down with family and friends and enjoy a feast. Thanksgiving is the most celebrated American holiday. It is one of my favorites too!
I feel very fortunate this holiday because our two daughters, who live in Brooklyn, will be joining us. It has been a long time since they have been able to come home for Thanksgiving. Yearly, we invite a family over who have younger children. Their relatives live in Germany and Israel, so we have become their American family. This year we will all be together. That is my thanksgiving this holiday.
Every year I like to ask each person at our table, what they are thankful for during this last year. I loved to hear what the kids would say when they were little! I feel so fortunate in my life—I have good friends, a loving family, and I get to come to work every day and do something I love. I am blessed with good health too! So this year, I have much to appreciate.
The holidays can be stressful too. In the midst of our thankfulness, family problems do not disappear. Family tensions can be intensified when everyone is together, even when adults are on their best holiday behavior. Sitting at the table, piled high with turkey and stuffing, the complexities of family life may be sandwiched between the first and second course!
And, recent loss is intensified during the holidays. We miss loved ones who passed away this last year and who will not be with us tomorrow—perhaps for the first time. We find ourselves feeling sad and happy at the same time.
Illness and financial distress don’t take a vacation on Thanksgiving either. This holiday marks the beginning of the coming Christmas season—how will families with money problems manage to afford the gifts they would like to give?
Regardless of the contrasts at your table this year—take time to share with loved ones your deep feelings for them.
And have a joyous Thanksgiving!