I was asked how I avoid the stress of the holidays the other day. Simple. Keep focused on the true meanings of the holidays.
We historically set aside this day to give thanks to God for what He has given us in life. Far too often we allow the pressures of excess and commercialization to distract us from the true meanings of holidays. Buy more, eat more, watch more is supposed to equate to loving others more. We often worry about the traditions more than the reason we celebrate.
To this extent, my family has chosen to break “tradition” this year. We will eat a relatively modest meal together. It will consist of Russian mors, ham, potatoes, squash, fresh baked rolls, and (traditional) pumpkin pie. The focus of this meal is not football, or gorging ourselves. It is purely about the family and giving thanks to God for all He has blessed us with.
It will be a stress free and joyful holiday for us.
On this US Thanksgiving day, I want to express my thanks for all my family, friends, and acquaintances, past, present and future. Each one of you has blessed us and brought us to where we are in our lives today. May God bless you more than He blessed us.