So, here's my thing. Thanksgiving is a time where I stop and really think, reflect and search a bit deeper than the typical "top two" that everyone rattles off - my faith and my family. See, we had this tradition as a kid. After we had our Thanksgiving meal, we'd dim the lights. And to the flicker of candlelight, we'd pass a basket of Indian corn kernels. My mom had made these little paper baskets that had our names on them, and as the basket of kernels was passed, we took one, named something that we were thankful for and why, then dropped it into our little basket. This continued until the kernels were gone. Sometimes that was a lot of rounds. But it made you think. About what you were truly grateful for and what really mattered.
As I've gotten older, I've realized that this tradition really does something deep and meaningful for me. It makes my heart overflow with gratitude. We didn't have everything when I was growing up. In fact, a lot of times, things were tight. But we appreciated the people we had and our faith. And today was the day to bask in that. So watch your football, eat your traditional meal with whatever favorites that you always include, and take some time to be truly thankful.
And after your heart is overflowing with that gratitude, let it overflow into a spirit of giving for the upcoming holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving, from our home to yours.