Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day? Turkey Day! You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air. Then Mom would call everyone inside. You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz. A prayer. A sip of Aunt Joyce’s sweet iced tea. And then weighing that plate down with your favorites. One by one you went around, each person saying something they were grateful for when what you really wanted to focus on was what was on your plate. But by the end of the day, you would collapse in some soft corner into a turkey coma, your heart and tummy both satiated, both filled with gratitude for the day and your life.
Years have passed, so have some family members, the food on the table comes sprinkled with statistics about how much water you will might retain, weigh you might gain. You feel the strain of a Black Friday early morning sale calling. Suddenly Christmas is at your door and the pressure is on to make this the perfect year.
Gratitude seems oh-so-far away. You know you should feel it, but does it have to feel so forced?…forced through a wall of stress. How in the world do you get back?
Several years ago I asked myself the same question.
My answer….new traditions.
This year I was excited to add to the my personal holiday traditions by joining Sherry Richert Belul of Cherry Blossom Soup for the New Black Friday Love List. I knew for several days that I wanted to participate, but couldn’t figure out who I wanted to make my list for. I decided to let the day lead the way. When Friday came around, I got sick. I recovered quickly and then my hubby got pretty sick. Spending my time those couple of days after Thanksgiving caring for myself and then for my honey, my thoughts went to the team of helpers we turn to when we need a hand with our health. We are both doing well now (whew), but I am remembering that when we are truly in need, we never worry about being alone.
We currently have three special health care providers we use. One is a specialist and two are chiropractors. Each has helped us out of some difficult times or sent us down roads towards better living. My Love List this year is for each of them. I created a card, made prints and tucked our gratitudes inside. They will go into the mail this afternoon. I think we often spend so much time getting down on the medical profession that we forget the gifts they give us. This year I am especially thankful for them.
I want to thank Sherry for sharing her new holiday tradition with us. It is one I look forward to incorporating year after year.
Art Every Day Month UPDATE
I have loved this new practice of being creative every day. I am looking forward to the end of the month only so I can look back and take stock of what has come of it. One of the most dear acts of creation has been the new friends I have made and the new blogs I have discovered. What an amazing group of people….and still so many to explore.
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