Thursday is a day to count
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:00 AM
Tomorrow - Thanksgiving Day - is a time for each of us to count our blessings. Most of us hope to set aside our problems for the day.
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that usually doesn't involve a lot of drama - just good fellowship, good food ... and, maybe, a football game thrown in.
In a new twist this year, some retailers will open Thursday night to get a jump on the Black Friday madness. That in itself is madness. Thanksgiving is about thanks - but not for saving 50 bucks on a television.
In case you've forgotten, the reason we set aside the final Thursday in November for Thanksgiving is because the Pilgrims wanted to give thanks that at least half of them had managed to survive their first year in the New World.
That was, indeed, something to be thankful for. Let's not lose sight of that and make sure we give thanks to those who continue to see to it that we are able to enjoy the bounty of the greatest nation on earth.
Your problems, whoever you are and whatever they are, will look minor if you set them next to those of other people in distant parts of the world.
For the day, let's try to not find fault with anyone or anything. Really, the only one who has a legitimate gripe about Thanksgiving is the turkey.
Talk around the Thanksgiving table should focus on the family ... What's new with the children? How are the out-of-town relatives doing? What good fortunes have we enjoyed the past year?
We know we're not perfect, but millions of people from all over the world risk their lives to live here to enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
So when you sit down to that turkey dinner tomorrow, count your blessings, not your grievances. Happy Thanksgiving!