The time of year when we all try to slow down and remember to be thankful is finally upon us. Although I am one of those people who has already begun decorating for Christmas, Thanksgiving is still a very important holiday to me.
When I think of Thanksgiving, I think about the family coming together and appreciating one another, reconnecting and rebuilding, new and old traditions.
But I also know how easy it is to get caught up in the things that don’t actually matter.
So here are a few things just to remind you to stay focused on what really does matter this Thanksgiving.
3 Things to Remember This Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving is more than just dinner. We get all worked up about what to cook and making it look pretty for a social media post. You spend hours cooking a meal that is gone in ten minutes. Remember that Thanksgiving is more than just about the food. Be grateful for each person around the dinner table, cook together, reminisce on good times, clean the kitchen together, whatever you need to do to keep the focus of this holiday on family and friends and not food.
- Black Friday deals are not the end all be all. Black Friday sales are starting earlier and earlier each year. Some stores will open at 5pm this Thanksgiving! And if you have ever been to our family get together, we don’t sit down to eat until 5! Haha! Remember that if you don’t make it out for those “amazing deals”, it’s not the end of the world. Most Christmas sales are better than Black Friday sales anyway. Enjoy your family and shop online or wait until December.
- There are some people that don’t have any family to celebrate with on Thanksgiving. While I don’t think this should be the only time of year that you should help or think of others, it is a good time. Holidays are really hard for those without families and are alone. Especially those who are homeless or elderly. If you have an elderly neighbor, drop off a basket or invite them to dinner with your family. Remember that there are those who are less fortunate and could use a little love this holiday season.
So as you go into this holiday season, remember to focus on the things that truly matter. Do not become consumed by what others may expect of you and do what makes your heart truly happy.
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.
How will you be spending your holiday? Share in the comments below!