I am truly thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s the day we count our blessings and express our gratitude to God and others. It’s also a day to enjoy good food, time with family and friends, parades and football!
I asked several iBloom Teammates to share their Thanksgiving traditions and stories. Here are a few lessons I gleaned from their responses:
Thoughts from Jane Thorne:
“Several years ago, we decided we really liked opening our home to friends that didn’t have a place/family to celebrate the holidays. It has varied over the years, but has taken on a life of its own over the past few years. I was just checking and our family of 7 may have up to 15 friends joining us this year.”
Lesson #1 – Family is anyone you let into your heart! Besides family, include friends, co-workers and/or neighbors to your Thanksgiving meal and celebration. They will definitely be blessed; you will be blessed too!
Thoughts from Betsy Ringer:
“Our Thanksgiving traditions have been fluid over the years. Growing up we always got together with lots of family. After my parents died, only one brother and sister-in-law joined us for the day. From the time my kids were in their teen years, our Thanksgiving Day included simply the five of us. For the last two years, there have been only three of us. This year we will be spending Thanksgiving with two other families.
Oh…and my husband and I are vegan/gluten-free, so this will be quite a different year. All this to say…traditions can change over time. I’ve learned to be open and embrace the shifting traditions, ever grateful for the people I am with and the overflowing blessings I get to celebrate.”
Lesson #2 – Learn to be flexible during the different stages and phases of life. Choose to enjoy the people, the food and the festive atmosphere! Don’t get caught in the trap of comparing your holiday meal, crowd or decorations with anyone else. Enjoy the moment!
Thoughts from Lori Burrell:
“Thanksgiving was the holiday when both sets of Grandparents were with us. I remember a room filled with so much love! For years my extended family has gathered before the meal to have a “Thankful Circle”. We gather, hold hands and go around the circle to express our gratitude for the year’s many blessings. I love these memories and we do it yearly whether we have 4 or 40 people gathered!
Lesson #3 – Your life is filled with people, things, and experiences for which to be grateful. I read a different way to do this meaningful activity. Ask each participant to write 3 things they are thankful for on a slip of paper. Read them aloud and let everyone guess who is the author. Sounds like fun!”
A couple Team members said they really don’t have any Thanksgiving traditions or activities they do each year. This is the perfect time for you, the reader, to share some of your favorite ones! Leave your ideas in the comment section below.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)