How Did You Spend Your Day . . . Thanksgiving Day?

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How did you spend your Thanksgiving Day?  Was it a visit to your church? Watching the parade? Football game? Eating dinner and chatting with family and friends?  Maybe it was all of the above.  The important thing is that you stopped, paused and remembered the day.

I gave an hour to prayer, reading and silent meditation.  It helped me get the day off to a good start.  Afterwards, I watched the American Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.  Each year, the floats get bigger, more interesting and colorful.  It is super to see how one uses creativity, ingenuity and art!  I do not believe I mentally marked a favorite.  As a musician, I always enjoy the bands.  Most play Christmas music and  .  .  .  it kind of gives you an early start on the “spirit of Christmas.”

The Dinner

Who prepared the dinner?  You or someone else?  What did you eat?  Was it the traditional stuff .  .  .  you know, turkey, dressing cranberries, pumpkin pie  .   .   .   ?  We went to my brother’s house and ate heartily–with all of the trimmings.  I contributed a delightful apple pie that I bought at Costco.  No, I did not try to pass it off as one I baked myself.  Its presentation had Costco written all over it.  Doesn’t it look good?  Costco’s chefs are really good.  The crust just melts in your mouth.  Mm-m-m!  Everything about the dinner was good–the food, conversation, recollections–no, there were no family squabbles.  It was a fun day.

If you are a Detroit Lions fan, you know they got clobbered by  Milwaukee’s Green Bay Packers.  I think most people thought that would happen, but Detroit fans were hoping for something different.  Afterall, it’s just a game!   It looks like Henry Ford did not enjoy his day as much as he had wished.  His interview days before the game let everyone know he felt a complete day would be “a win for the Lions.”  There is always next Thanksgiving Day. 

Ok, I think I’m done.  Tell us how you spent your day .  .  .  nothing spectacular, just a sentence or two.

So long, see you soon!

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Have you  thought about your dinner for the big day?  Are you  preparing a dinner?  I am!

I am going to try to duplicate the dinner my mom prepared.  Let’s see, hm-m-m-m, that’s stuff like this:


Large Baked Turkey

Old-Fashion Cornbread Dressing

Giblet Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Fried Sweet Corn

Green Beans

Green Vegetable Salad

Sliced Jelly Cranberries

Baked Dinner Rolls (maybe made from scratch)

Mouth-Watering Desserts

Sweet Potato Pie

Pecan Pie (both topped with ice Cream)

What do you think of my menu?  I know, I know–lots of calories, but come on, it’s only one day!

Childhood memories are the foundation of our memories today.  They help to establish who we are.

While Thanksgiving Day is a time for families to get together, partake of food such as the dinner above, that day has a far deeper meaning.  It dates by to 1621, (some say earlier) when the families gathered together in Plymouth, Massachusetts to honor God for a harvest–in abundance. Even though there was not enough food to feed the 102 gatherers, and the native Americans supplied the difference, those early settlers knew goodness has been bestowed on them by a power greater than themselves.

As we sit down this Thanksgiving Day, let us recall our own harvest–remember that celebration began with a tiny seed of hope, was nurtured with patience and reached fruition with reflective thought.  Each day as we contribute to our growth and development, recognize that growth comes in many packages–wrapped not necessarily in monetary paper, but in peace, completeness, joy and humility.

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